Introducing the Physician + Professional Real Estate Investor Network: PPhREI

by The Darwinian Doctor

Today, I discuss the birth of The Physician + Professional Real Estate Investor Network (PPhREI).  This is a new home for physicians and professional interested in using real estate to achieve their goals of financial freedom. 

Introducing the Physician Real Estate Investor Network:  PhREI

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Edited in early 2022 to reflect the expansion of this network to include professionals, as well as physicians.

The power of community

In 2020, I learned a lesson about the power of community.  About halfway through the year, a friend of mine invited the Dr-ess and I to join a community group along with some other acquaintances. 

Every few weeks, the eight of us would meet on Zoom for a virtual hang-out.  We’d talk about our hopes and dreams, our challenges and fears, and everything in between.  Even in the midst of lockdowns and social distancing, we swiftly went from acquaintances to friends.

This made me realize that I want a community in my blogging and investing life as well. So I called a couple of blogger acquaintances and formed one!

What is the PPhREI network?

The PhREI Network logo.  The Physician Real Estate Investor Network.
New logo incoming soon!

The PPhREI Network is The Physician + Professional Real Estate Investor Network.  (PPhREI is pronounced “free.”)

The members of this network are physician bloggers who use real estate as a primary investment vehicle. The larger network includes physicians and professional interested in doing the same.

What is the purpose of the PPhREI network?

There are a few things I hope to achieve with the creation of this network.

  • Facilitate collaboration and the sharing of educational content.
  • Create a portal for readers to find content related to real estate investing.
  • Increase the sense of community amongst physician and professional real estate oriented bloggers.

With collaboration comes opportunity.  For now, this network will connect readers to great content.  With time, it’ll become an educational resource unto itself and facilitate investment.  The sky’s the limit!

Founding Member: The Darwinian Doctor

The Darwinian Doctor logo

Hey, that’s me! My name is Daniel Shin, MD. I’m a surgeon, real estate investor, and blogger here at The Darwinian Doctor.

On this blog, I write about my journey from a childhood of financial scarcity to graduating medical school $300,000 in debt. Now I specializing in oversharing details about my finances while building a real estate empire to achieve morbidly obese financial independence (moFIRE).

I’m a firm believer in the power of mindset and optimism. My motto is “intentional evolution, every day.”

Founding Member: Carpe Diem MD

Carpe Diem MD logo

Ian Cook, MD is the founder of Carpe Diem MD. He’s an emergency medicine physician whose life changed dramatically after a devastating injury in 2014. This taught him the importance of enjoying the present while diversifying income streams for the future.

“Carpe Diem MD discusses the ups and downs of Short-Term Rentals and other aspects of the Physician lifestyle.   We believe in enjoying our investments while growing wealth.”

He owns a growing portfolio of long and short term rentals in two states. He’s a writer, investor, and avid snowboarder, all while practicing full time in wound care and hyperbaric medicine.

His blog has some of the most targeted, useful advice that I’ve ever seen for short term rental specialists. Carpe Diem MD is especially great for full time physicians who want to utilize powerful tax deductions from short term rentals.

If you’re looking to get into short term rental or want to learn to “seize the day,” this is your blog.

Founding Member: The Prudent Plastic Surgeon

The Prudent Plastic Surgeon logo

Jordan Frey, MD is the found of the Prudent Plastic Surgeon. He’s a new attending plastic surgeon who loves teaching residents how to find a great job, manage their money, and achieve contentment as an attending. Just last year, he graduated fellowship over $400,000 in debt, and is making rapid progress towards financial freedom through buy and hold real estate investing, debt paydown, and traditional investing.

Did I mention that he’s also the host or co-host of two podcasts and has authored a course called Graduating to Success “that will teach you to thrive in the transition from trainee to attending”?

For both current trainees or long-time attendings, there’s a wealth of useful information on his rapidly growing blog.


I’m really excited to unveil the Physician + Professional Real Estate Investor Network (PPhREI) to you today. On a regular basis, I’ll be sharing content from PPhREI network partners on this blog. Please check out their blogs and enjoy!

As the network evolves, it’ll get its own dedicated website with unique content.

If you’re interested in applying for membership to the PPhREI network, please contact me by sending me an email

What do you think of the PPhREI network? Are you as excited as I am? Probably not. Anyway, please comment below and subscribe for more!

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3 years ago


Congratulations on launching this new network. I’ve only focused on doctoring, so I’m sure I’ll learn a lot as I follow along.


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