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Becoming a physician assistant (PA) is difficult. But becoming a PA on the way to financial independence (FI) shouldn’t be. Allow the PA the FI Way podcast to be your guide to becoming a physician assistant on the way to financial independence.

Unfortunately, even basic personal finance and budget concepts are rarely taught in high school, college or PA school. Then once PA students become certified physician assistants and begin their professional journey practicing medicine, they typically have a heap of student loans just waiting to be paid back. Let’s not only discuss how to prevent large student loan amounts, but also how to pay them back quickly. Let’s discuss how practicing PAs can learn to save and invest for their futures. PA the FI Way’s mission is to provide both future and current PAs alike strategies to not only become financially literate, but to also reach financial independence along the way. Think of it as personal finance for PAs with a financial independence twist. Financial independence provides the freedom to find balance in work and personal life.

FI is about creating the life you want to live, choosing when to retire (IF you want to retire early), choosing when to cut back on working, or choosing when to work on another passion in your life. The decision truly is yours, and I hope you decide to join me on the journey to becoming a PA the FI Way.

PA the FI Way Kat, PA-C

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Becoming a physician assistant (PA) is difficult. But becoming a PA on the way to financial independence (FI) shouldn’t be. Allow the PA the FI Way podcast to be your guide to becoming a physician assistant on the way to financial independence.

Unfortunately, even basic personal finance and budget concepts are rarely taught in high school, college or PA school. Then once PA students become certified physician assistants and begin their professional journey practicing medicine, they typically have a heap of student loans just waiting to be paid back. Let’s not only discuss how to prevent large student loan amounts, but also how to pay them back quickly. Let’s discuss how practicing PAs can learn to save and invest for their futures. PA the FI Way’s mission is to provide both future and current PAs alike strategies to not only become financially literate, but to also reach financial independence along the way. Think of it as personal finance for PAs with a financial independence twist. Financial independence provides the freedom to find balance in work and personal life.

FI is about creating the life you want to live, choosing when to retire (IF you want to retire early), choosing when to cut back on working, or choosing when to work on another passion in your life. The decision truly is yours, and I hope you decide to join me on the journey to becoming a PA the FI Way.

    096 | 10 Tips to Lower Your Stress During the Holidays

    096 | 10 Tips to Lower Your Stress During the Holidays

    Although the holiday season can be The Most Wonderful Time of the Year for many, for others, it can feel like The Most Stressful Time of the Year! You are likely busy with a giant list of things that need to get done, whether it's at your workplace as a physician associate / physician assistant, or at home. Although none of us have a magic wand to make the holiday season a breeze and completely relaxing, there are some tools that you can use to help with reducing your stress during this time of year. Take a listen to learn about 10 tips to help lower your stress during the holiday season. 

     

    Want to cozy up with a weighted blanket when practicing self-care? Check out one similar to this.

     

    I want to hear from you! Tell me all about your financial wins, your financial milestones, or which podcast episodes resonated with you, motivated you, or taught you something for this year. Reach out to me through Instagram @pathefiway, or through the Facebook group, or send me an email to pathefiway@gmail.com to have your story featured on the podcast at the end of 2022. Looking forward to hearing from you!

     

    Are you just beginning your journey to financial independence and don't know where to start? Download your FREE copy of the PA the FI Way Beginner’s Workbook here!

     

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    Keywords: holiday stress, boundaries, gratitude, self-care, physician associate, physician assistant, physician assistant financial independence, physician associate financial independence, physician assistant finances, physician associate finances, physician assistant school, physician associate school, PA school, PA-S, PA-C, pre-PA, physician assistant student, physician associate student

     

    • 14 min
    095 | How to Practice Gratitude For a Better Life

    095 | How to Practice Gratitude For a Better Life

    Practicing gratitude has so many benefits including better physical health and mental health, as well as benefits in other areas of life. Once you learn about the benefits, you’ll want to learn how to incorporate gratitude into your life. We will cover eight ways that you can practice gratitude in your life, many of which only take a few short minutes!

     

    Resources: 

    https://hubermanlab.com/the-science-of-gratitude-and-how-to-build-a-gratitude-practice/ 

    https://ggsc.berkeley.edu/images/uploads/GGSC-JTF_White_Paper-Gratitude-FINAL.pdf 

    https://positivepsychology.com/neuroscience-of-gratitude/

     

     

    Are you just beginning your journey to financial independence and don't know where to start? Download your FREE copy of the PA the FI Way Beginner’s Workbook here!

     

    Enjoy the show? You can now support the PA the FI Way podcast through Buy Me a Coffee! Thank you for all of your support! https://www.buymeacoffee.com/pathefiway 

     

    Website / Blog: pathefiway.com

     

    Follow along on Instagram: @pathefiway   https://www.instagram.com/pathefiway/

     

    Join the private Facebook group created for current and future PAs on their journey to financial independence: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pathefiway 

     

    Like the Facebook page to follow along for updates: https://www.facebook.com/pathefiway

     

    Keywords: physician associate, physician assistant, physician assistant financial independence, physician associate financial independence, physician assistant finances, physician associate finances, physician assistant school, physician associate school, PA school, PA-S, PA-C, pre-PA, physician assistant student, physician associate student

    • 14 min
    094 | Time: Who You Spend It With Changes as You Age

    094 | Time: Who You Spend It With Changes as You Age

    Time is life’s most precious, nonrenewable resource. Once time has passed, there is no getting that time back. Although many of us wish that time travel was a possibility at one point in our life or another, the reality is that it simply is not a tool that we can use to go back in time or go into the future.

     

    So if we can all agree that our time is a precious commodity, why is it that we don’t treat our time with the upmost respect? Why do we waste our own time, or even worse, let others waste our time? Why is it that we don’t view our time spent with others in our lives, such as our dear family and friends, as something we should prioritize and cherish? Maybe it’s because we can’t wrap our heads around how truly fleeting our time here on earth is. Maybe it’s because we’re young, and think we have all the time in the world. Maybe it’s because we are confident that we will see our family members and friends many more times in the future. Unfortunately, these things aren’t always true.

     

    This episode may cause some of you to feel a twinge of depression or anxiety. However, my hope is that it serves to open your eyes while motivating and encouraging you to make the choices and take the necessary actionable steps to be able to spend your time as you please throughout your life.

     

    Are you just beginning your journey to financial independence and don't know where to start? Download your FREE copy of the PA the FI Way Beginner’s Workbook here!

     

    Enjoy the show? You can now support the PA the FI Way podcast through Buy Me a Coffee! Thank you for all of your support! https://www.buymeacoffee.com/pathefiway 

     

    Website / Blog: pathefiway.com

     

    Follow along on Instagram: @pathefiway   https://www.instagram.com/pathefiway/

     

    Join the private Facebook group created for current and future PAs on their journey to financial independence: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pathefiway 

     

    Like the Facebook page to follow along for updates: https://www.facebook.com/pathefiway

     

    Keywords: physician associate, physician assistant, physician assistant financial independence, physician associate financial independence, physician assistant finances, physician associate finances, physician assistant school, physician associate school, PA school, PA-S, PA-C, pre-PA, physician assistant student, physician associate student

    • 17 min
    093 | Lessons Learned From My 7 Biggest Financial Mistakes

    093 | Lessons Learned From My 7 Biggest Financial Mistakes

    Do you feel like you've made several financial mistakes like spending too much, not saving or investing enough, listening to poor financial advice, etc.? You're not alone! I've been there, too.

    Although I’m now on my way to financial independence as a physician assistant / physician associate, I’ve made several financial mistakes in the past. There are many lessons to be learned from these, and I hope that you are able to learn some helpful information from my story so that you can avoid some of these mistakes and take the steps needed to help set yourself up for financial success on the way to financial independence!

     

    Resource mentioned:

    Mint Mobile referral link to try Mint and get a credit: http://fbuy.me/tYeqw

     

    Are you just beginning your journey to financial independence and don't know where to start? Download your FREE copy of the PA the FI Way Beginner’s Workbook here!

     

    Enjoy the show? You can now support the PA the FI Way podcast through Buy Me a Coffee! Thank you for all of your support! https://www.buymeacoffee.com/pathefiway

     

    Website / Blog: pathefiway.com

     

    Follow along on Instagram: @pathefiway https://www.instagram.com/pathefiway/

     

    Join the private Facebook group created for current and future PAs on their journey to financial independence: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pathefiway

     

    Like the Facebook page to follow along for updates: https://www.facebook.com/pathefiway

     

    Keywords: financial mistakes, financial advisor, lifestyle creep, emergency fund, physician associate, physician assistant, physician assistant financial independence, physician associate financial independence, physician assistant finances, physician associate finances, physician assistant school, physician associate school, PA school, PA-S, PA-C, pre-PA, physician assistant student, physician associate student

    • 15 min
    092 | Why I Declined the NHSC Loan Repayment Program Award

    092 | Why I Declined the NHSC Loan Repayment Program Award

    The NHSC Loan Repayment Program is a federal program that helps qualified healthcare workers like physician assistants / physician associates, physicians, nurse practitioners, dentists, and behavioral health workers who work in certain specialties (mostly primary care areas of medicine and mental health) pay back their student loan debt. However, there are considerations that make it not seem so appealing. Take a listen to hear my story as to why I ultimately declined the award after applying.

     

    Are you just beginning your journey to financial independence and don't know where to start? Download your FREE copy of the PA the FI Way Beginner’s Workbook here!

    Enjoy the show? You can now support the PA the FI Way podcast through Buy Me a Coffee! Thank you for all of your support! https://www.buymeacoffee.com/pathefiway

    Website / Blog: pathefiway.com

    Follow along on Instagram: @pathefiway https://www.instagram.com/pathefiway/

    Join the private Facebook group created for current and future PAs on their journey to financial independence: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pathefiway

    Like the Facebook page to follow along for updates: https://www.facebook.com/pathefiway

    Keywords: physician associate, physician assistant, physician assistant financial independence, physician associate financial independence, physician assistant finances, physician associate finances, physician assistant school, physician associate school, PA school, PA-S, PA-C, pre-PA, physician assistant student, physician associate student, student loans, nurse practitioner

    • 15 min
    091 | How to Accumulate Wealth as a PA with Bradley Clark, CFP

    091 | How to Accumulate Wealth as a PA with Bradley Clark, CFP

    Bradley "Brad" Clark, CFP, is a fee-only fiduciary financial advisor who shares his insight on how PAs can accumulate wealth on their way to financial independence. He discusses a suggested order of operations to allocate your income by setting aside a certain portion towards different retirement and investment accounts while also paying down your debt. It can be difficult to balance paying down your six-figure student loan debt while saving and investing for your future, but this information can help you get started!

     

    Brad also shares how you can find a fee-only fiduciary financial advisor to work with if you would like some additional help from a trusted resource. Working with this type of financial planner could help you either on your way to financial independence or when nearing your retirement to optimize your financial strategy in regards to drawing down your funds.

     

    Brad also will have a new book launching in January 2023 titled Be the Bird, and you can connect with him to claim your copy or to reach out with questions: bradley@bradleyclark.com 

     

    Brad's website: bradleyclark.com  

     

    Resources Mentioned: 

     

    www.napfa.org

     

    www.xyplanningnetwork.com 

     

    www.garrettplanningnetwork.com

     

     

    Are you just beginning your journey to financial independence and don't know where to start? Download your FREE copy of the PA the FI Way Beginner’s Workbook here!

     

    Enjoy the show? You can now support the PA the FI Way podcast through Buy Me a Coffee! Thank you for all of your support! https://www.buymeacoffee.com/pathefiway 

     

    Website / Blog: pathefiway.com

     

    Follow along on Instagram: @pathefiway   https://www.instagram.com/pathefiway/

     

    Join the private Facebook group created for current and future PAs on their journey to financial independence: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pathefiway 

     

    Like the Facebook page to follow along for updates: https://www.facebook.com/pathefiway

     

    Keywords: physician associate, physician assistant, physician assistant financial independence, physician associate financial independence, physician assistant finances, physician associate finances, physician assistant school, physician associate school, PA school, PA-S, PA-C, pre-PA, physician assistant student, physician associate student

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

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18 Ratings

18 Ratings

rebekahingrid ,

Great info!

I am not a PA, but the information given in this podcast is super informative for every walk of life!!

jeff_wandering ,

FI the PA Way

As someone beginning their PA career & only slightly further ahead on the path to financial independence I was so excited to find this podcast. But I was even more excited when I listened and realized the host is a PA I met & worked with during my rotations! Kat provides clear information, practical application, as well as interesting & insightful interviews. This podcast has something for PAs in all stages of their professional (i.e. pre-PA/student to practicing PA-C) & personal financial independence journeys. Listen to PA the FI Way & learn to FI the PA Way!

Jordan, PA-C ,

Packed with info!

This a great podcast for the financial life of a PA. The information is very helpful while not coming off overwhelming. I learn something new every episode and look forward to the next one every week! Great job Kat!

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