Originally Posted by mattorama
That is part of the reason I want to save as much as possible. If things get bad, I want an out. As multiple above have said, gaining the FI is the most important part. At least then there are options.
I will be looking for a job at the same time new legislation really kick in. I don't know if it will be good or bad timing (I will withhold my personal opinions on the matter...they are rather strong). On one hand, groups may be hesitant to bring on a new partner until they know how the economics will shake out.
In some ways I intuitively accepted during my early 20s that achieving basic FI was going to be the foundation of my life until I reached my 40s. I had a Wall St job which, like yourself, was a field that was stimulating and remunerative. However, I accepted that if the job or field ever became unbearable that it would be best to have the freedom to change course in life. That time had come for me last yr at 39.
Who knows where your medical field will head: From this layman's perspective it seems likely that a binary two-tier system of "private" doctors and "public" doctors will ultimately exist which is far from the goal that those who are currently fighting for healthcare change wish to achieve. Unfortunately, similar to guaranteeing all citizens the right to legal representation, having a public defender vs a private defense attorney does not guarantee the quality of the legal representation.
Anyhow, as for you, I presume that you already know that your immediate professional goal is to become the best doctor that you can be and react to the politics as it arrives.