My Fascination With Physician-Authored Blogs

Part One: Thirty Blogs Worth Visiting

Family physician, certified physician executive, entrepreneur, writer, blogger, CME surveyor, public health expert, nonprofit board member.

I was inspired to start writing my blog after reading several other physician-authored blogs. Some have been around for years. Others are relative newcomers, like mine.

physician-authored blogs

Blogs (or “web-logs”) started out as a place to write a diary or journal. Many were rather light-hearted. Some written by physicians have become very serious, with descriptions of memorable clinical encounters or important health industry news and commentary.

Others have become a source of free information for newcomers to hobbies or businesses. Topics range from crochet and needlepoint, to other artistic endeavors, to health and fitness, to starting and operating one’s online business.

They continue to evolve. I have found it fascinating to explore them and interact with other bloggers, especially physicians.

So, I spent some time reviewing and cataloguing blogs written by physicians. So far, I have visited about 30 of them. There remains a long list of physician blogs that I have not yet investigated. My purpose for today’s post is two-fold:

  1. To list the first 30 physician-authored blogs that I have catalogued;
  2. To provide a brief summary of the details of my blog, for those who are more nerdy and interested in the techy details.

wordpress physician-authored blogs

My Physician-Authored Blog

My first attempt at blogging can be found at Contract Doctor. This is a WordPress.com blog. This means it is free to set up and is hosted by WordPress. It was very easy to get that going. I still post there occasionally. The content there is mostly related to physician employment agreements, interviewing and negotiating contracts.

This blog (Vital Physician Executive) is a WordPress.org blog and is hosted by Bluehost. There are nominal costs in doing so. But the flexibility is much greater in the design of the blog. And there are multiple “plugins” that can be added to enhance the functionality of the site.

There are hundreds of “themes” that can be used to determine the appearance of a blog. Some themes are free. Premium themes are available through WordPress or by third-party vendors. I decided to go with the Get Noticed theme created and supported by Michael Hyatt when I started out.

The appearance of the Get Noticed theme is nice, and very customizable. Plus, is also fairly easy to add other features, like landing pages and the ability to transact business, if needed.

I have also installed the following plugins:

  • Akismet  is an anti-spam service to protect the site;
  • Disqus Comment System replaces the WordPress comment system to manage blog comments;
  • MonsterInsights to enable integration with Google Analytics;
  • Mailchimp for WordPress helps to integrate the MailChimp email service provider forms;
  • Popup Ally enables me to add pop-ups to collect email addresses;
  • TablePress is used to create tables like the one below; and,
  • Yoast SEO helps with content analysis and search engine optimization.

Although I have listed web sites in the above list, all of the plugins are actually accessed and installed from within WordPress.

Other Physician-Authored Blogs

The table below lists most of the blogs I have actually visited. I find many of them to be worth subscribing to. My favorites are listed right here:

  1. The White Coat Investor
  2. Future Proof MD
  3. Physician on FIRE
  4. Investing Doc
  5. The Happy MD

Physician Authored Blogs

Name of BlogLinkSpecialtyTopic
Future Proof MD
http://futureproofmd.comRadiology
Personal Finance
Physician on FIRE
http://www.physicianonfire.com/Anesthesiology
Personal Finance
Investing Doc
http://investingdoc.com/UnknownPersonal Finance
White Coat Investor
http://whitecoatinvestor.com/Emergency Medicine
Personal Finance
Passive Income MD
http://www.passiveincomemd.com/Anesthesiology
Passive Income
Rhea. MD
https://rheamd.wordpress.com/Pediatrics
Social Commentary
Dr. Dan's Health and Hormones
www.drdanshealthandhormones.comEndocrinologist
Nutrition
Dr. Harrison's Blog
http://www.nzingaharrisonmd.com/blog/Psychiatrist
Mental Health
The Pediatric Insider
https://pediatricinsider.wordpress.com/Pediatrics
Medical Topics
Seattle Mama Doc
http://seattlemamadoc.seattlechildrens.org/PediatricsMedical Topics
Burnetts Ahoy
http://www.burnettsahoy.com/Radiology
Lifestyle
Pamela Wible MD
http://www.idealmedicalcare.org/Family Medicine
Ideal Medical Care
ZdoggMD
http://zdoggmd.com/
Hospital Medicine
Humor
ethosofmedicine
https://ethosofmedicine.wordpress.com/Nephrologist
Humanity of Medicine
American HealthScare
http://www.healthscareonline.com/Family Medicine
Healthcare Industry
DocThinx
http://suneeldhand.com/Hospital Medicine
Healthcare Industry
Doctor's Crossing
http://doctorscrossing.com/blog/DermatologyHappiness
Starla Fitch, MD
http://starlafitchmd.com/OphthalmologyHappiness
The Happy MDhttps://www.thehappymd.comFamily MedicineHappiness
The Happy Philosopher
http://thehappyphilosopher.com/UnknownHappiness
33 Charts
http://33charts.comPediatrics
Eclectic Musings
gregsmithmd
https://gregsmithmd.com/Psychiatrist
Eclectic Musings
A Country Doctor Writeshttps://acountrydoctorwrites.wordpress.com/"Country Doctor"Eclectic Musings
Skeptical Scalpel
http://skepticalscalpel.blogspot.com/SurgeryEclectic Musings
Liturgy of Life
http://liturgyoflife.com/Family Medicine
Eclectic Musings
ChooseBetterLife
http://www.choosebetterlife.com/Emergency MedicineDreams and Balance
ChristopherJohnsonMD
http://www.chrisjohnsonmd.com/Pediatrics
Child Health
peterubel
http://www.peterubel.com/Internal Medicine
Behavioral Economics
Son of a Doctor
http://sonofadoctor.com/Maternal Fetal Medicine
Advice and Guidance
Senior Resident
http://seniorresident.com/Radiology
Advice and Guidance

The table is in no particular order. I have another 20 sites that I will list on a future post, once I have had a chance to review them in more detail. The sites listed are all fairly active with multiple posts within the past month or so.

The White Coat Investor is one of the more well-known and established finance blogs for physicians. It has been around since 2009. The author, James M. Dahle, has written a book of some acclaim called The White Coat Investor: A Doctor’s Guide to Personal Finance and Investing.

I subscribe to all of the listed personal finance blogs because they each take on different financial issues that I find interesting. As a “guest-poster” on Future Proof MD, I have a special fondness for that site and its author.

I have made a feeble attempt to categorize the physician-authored blogs listed. It is easy to identify a site as Personal Finance in nature. But some of the other descriptions are rough approximations of their content at best.

Advice and Request

Check out some of the sites and let me know what you think. Also, send me the name of your favorite physician-authored blog, and I will add it to my growing list.

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See you in the next post!

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  • Mark

    Thanks for compiling such a good list, John.
    I’m now starting to click my way through those I didn’t already know! 🙂

  • PhysicianOnFIRE

    Great list, and I appreciate the commendation!

    I’ll add Dr. Wes, who unabashedly calls out ABIM and similar Boards who are pushing and profiting from the unpopular and unproven MOC. Read him here: http://drwes.blogspot.com/

    Best,
    -PoF

    • John Jurica

      Thanks, PoF.

      I will check it out and add it to the next chapter of Physican-Authored Blogs.

  • Julie@ChooseBetterLife

    I agree with PoF, this is a great list and some of these are new to me–thanks!
    I also appreciate being included, and love the “Dreams and Balance” description. My tagline is abount choosing wellness and simplicity, and I love hearing how other people interpret this.

    I’ll also add a second vote for Zdoggmd. His videos will leave you smiling all chuckling to yourself all day.

    • John Jurica

      Great to hear from you Julie. Glad you enjoyed he list.

  • WealthyDoc

    Great list. Thanks. It is nice to see so many new ones. I will check some of those out. I started mine years ago. Although it may be helpful to your readers, it is mostly a creative outlet for me. http://www.WealthyDoc.com

    • John Jurica

      Thanks. I think it is good to get perspectives from many different physicians.

  • Wow, this is great John! Quite a few that I didn’t know about. Thanks for putting me in your favorite list. Such a great community.

    • John Jurica

      I think I have another 20 already for the next go round. Thanks for the support.

  • EJ

    I have also started a physician/finance blog in the last 2 months. Thanks for plugin list. I am using Squarespace to host my site. I am using Disquis and MailChimp but otherwise have not pursued some of the other plugins. I am excited to try popup ally and Yoast SEO. They seem like they would be quite helpful.

    Thanks again for the invite. Best of luck on the blog.