ER Doc Advisor - Financial Planning & Taxes for Emergency Physicians

EP 154: Could You Work Until 100 If You Had To?

Consciously or subconsciously, ER docs know they can’t keep doing their job forever. Unlike other professions, it’s rare to see people working into their 70s and 80s in this field. But what would a world need to look like for that to not be the case? How would things need to be structured to make working to 70, 80, or even 100, doable?

On today’s episode, we’ll discuss the concepts of “retirement” and “financial independence” and the things you’ll want to consider to not only get to these stages of your life, but to live a fulfilling life in them.


Topics Discussed:   
  • What your mobility may say about you.
  • When and how retirement got started.
  • Retirement vs. financial independence.
  • What ikigai is and what we can learn from it.
  • Why retirement flexibility is the goal rather than only retirement.
  • Things that contribute to a long life and how it ties into career longevity.
  • The role of stress on career length.
  • Reasons to plan for both semi and full retirement.
  • Metrics to consider when thinking about retirement.

Resources Mentioned:


ACEP workforce study, surplus of ER doctors, unfilled positions, ER staffing, ER doctor positions, emergency medicine workforce, ER docs, emergency doctor, financial planning,