Janelle Wagner, MD, FACS
Surgeon & Money Nerd
When I became an attending, I thought my only option when it came to managing my finances was handing the reins over to a financial adviser. It never occurred to me that there could be another way.
One day I watched a webinar on how to learn options trading. I had no clue what they were talking about, but I was hooked! I dove into all things options, stocks and world capital markets. I learned how to properly understand my investments—it was eye opening!
Turns out my investments were underperforming, but my adviser was getting paid well— so well, in fact, that he made more off of my money than I did!
Learning about personal finance and mastering my money has been surprisingly fun, and it’s helped me to release money anxiety and become a confident investor.
I created Money Med School to teach financial wellness to my fellow physicians, because financial wellness is key to overall wellness, and healthy physicians make medicine better for everyone (including ourselves!).
At Money Med School we put the F-Yeah! in Finance, with a different approach to money: it’s fun, it’s abundant, and it’s totally do-able. In other words, F-Yeah!
P.S. If you’re wondering about my other career, I graduated from SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, completed General Surgery residency at Temple University Hospital, Plastic Surgery residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Hand and Microsurgery fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis.