BackTable / OBGYN / Podcast / Episode #16
Disability Insurance for Physicians 101
with Dr. Stephanie Pearson
In this episode of BackTable ENT, Dr. Julie Wei discusses navigating disability insurance as a physician with Dr. Stephanie Pearson, a former OB/GYN who started her own personal insurance brokerage firm.
BackTable, LLC (Producer). (2023, March 2). Ep. 16 – Disability Insurance for Physicians 101 [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from https://www.backtable.com
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Dr. Stephanie Pearson
Dr. Stephanie Pearson is a former OB/GYN who started her own personal insurance brokerage firm, PearsonRavitz.
Dr. Julie Wei
Dr. Julie Wei is a pediatric ENT surgeon, professor, clinical researcher, author, and speaker.
First, Dr. Pearson shares about her struggle with disability. Early in her career, she suffered a traumatic injury that led to the development of a frozen shoulder and ended her clinical practice. Her group disability insurance did not cover work-related injuries, and she had to sue in order to receive her worker’s compensation insurance. She did not feel like she was properly educated about insurance policy and was promptly terminated from her OB/GYN job after her medical leave was over. Her emotional recovery was challenging, but she found support from her spouse, children, and dog. She eventually found her identity outside of her role as a physician, which helped ease her guilt of being a financial burden on her family.
Her personal disability journey motivated her to co-found a personal insurance brokerage firm with an insurance broker. PearsonRavitz was started five and a half years ago and has nationwide clients, the majority of whom are medical professionals. She frequently gives online and in-person lectures about the importance of buying disability insurance to residents and new attendings. Dr. Wei agrees and compares working in a surgical subspecialty to physical labor, as repetitive motions may increase injury risk.
Both doctors agree that standardized education for residents and medical students about disability insurance is needed. Some common myths that Dr. Pearson debunks the myths that group insurance benefits are adequate, healthy doctors do not need insurance coverage, and residents cannot afford disability insurance. Finally, the doctors end the episode by discussing unique health concerns of female surgeons, such as Infertility risk and delivery complications.
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