- A PRN loan is a personal loan tailored to medical, dental and veterinary professionals.
- Fourth-year students, residents and fellows, and practicing doctors are eligible.
- Use the money to pay for interviews, exam fees, relocation or anything else – it’s your money, as needed.
A PRN personal loan gives you access to money when you need it most. Just as the name suggests, a PRN loan — pro re nata or “as needed” — is designed specifically for students, residents and fellows, and doctors.
If you’ve chosen to pursue a career as a physician, dentist or veterinarian, you’re already well aware of the financial commitments that come with it. The average medical student graduates with $200,000 of debt, and then enters a residency getting paid $57,000. Dentists and veterinarians experience similar circumstances.
Even when you have your full-time postion in sight, you still may have a period before you see that six-figure salary. There’s the cost of things like interviews, board examination fees, life events, and relocation — how can you expect to pay for everything?
The PRN Personal Loan is here to help.
What does PRN stand for?
Pro re nata is a Latin term that mean “in the circumstances” or “as the circumstance arises.” In medicine, this means administration of medication is not scheduled and taken as needed.
Our PRN personal loan uses the same philosophy, allowing you to use your money as needed.
How does a PRN loan work?
A PRN loan is similar to a traditional personal loan. You borrow a fixed amount of money upfront, then repay the loan amount and interest charges over time. It’s an unsecured loan, which means you do not need to provide collateral to receive the money.
The minimum amount you can borrow is $1,000. The maximum amount is based on where you are in your career:
- Fourth-year students: $10,000
- Residents and fellows: $20,000
- Practicing doctors: $50,000
Once approved, you can choose to receive the money through a checking account or a mailed check, and the money is yours to use immediately.
What are the benefits of a PRN loan?
A PRN loan is designed to meet the specific needs of students, residents and practicing doctors during a critical time in their careers. It can help you stay financially independent, save money on interest, and focus on your career goals.
No co-signer required
Did you know most banks require a mandatory co-signer on this type of loan? Never mind the fact that you’re an adult who’s invested years into your profession — banks see you as a liability when it comes to lending money.
When you apply for a loan, banks are typically looking at your debt-to-income ratio. If you have $200,000 in student loan debt, but are only earning a $50,000 salary, you’re viewed as a risk. That’s because banks don’t understand what being a medical professional entails.
There are no co-signer requirements for a PRN loan. Your professional progress — making it to your fourth-year of school, getting into a residency program, or opening your own practice, for example — is actually a better measurement of your creditworthiness. A PRN loan gives you the benefit of the doubt and the respect you deserve.
You have high-earning potential as a doctor, but most banks only care about the past two years of your finances when issuing this type of loan. If your credit score is low or non-existent, you can expect to pay a higher interest rate or not qualify at all.
Lower interest rates
Wondering if a credit card is a better way to cover your “as needed” expenses? The average credit card interest rate is nearly 20% — yes, that’s with compounding interest.
A PRN loan comes with a simple, fixed interest rate structure, depending on the terms you select. A fixed interest rate means your interest rate never changes, so you can accurately predict your payments over the life of the loan. Plus, there are no prepayment fees or origination fees.
Reducing your interest rate means more of your money is going to pay off your debt, reducing how much you spend on interest and decreasing how long you’re paying off the loan.
How can I use a PRN loan?
The name is exactly what it means: Your money, as needed. There are numerous examples of doctors leveraging a PRN loan in a way that suits their lifestyle.
Many doctors use a PRN loan to consolidate and pay down high-interest credit card debt. Others use the money to pay off medical bills. A few more popular ways to utilize the money include:
- Medical school interviews
- Relocation costs
- Financing a house
- Board examination fees
Is a PRN loan right for me?
A PRN loan is for the doctors and doctors-in-training who need some extra help.
Surprise expenses happen. It doesn’t matter if you’re a student with zero income, a resident with a meager income, or a practicing doctor with a six-figure income. An unexpected expense can be distracting and add an immeasurable amount of financial stress.
You’re way too busy with your career for the bait-and-switch interest rates offered by traditional banks. A PRN loan is a straightforward loan that gets you the money you need as quickly as possible. There are no fees. No negotiation. No nonsense.
A PRN loan makes borrowing money simple and stress-free — and that lets you focus on your career.
OK, I’m sold. How do I get a PRN loan?
Every PRN loan comes with access to a primary care banker who knows your financial needs and goals. They’re trained specifically to understand the evolving needs of a doctor and, over time, they get to know you and learn to anticipate your needs. Best of all, Panacea Financial offers concierge service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can call, chat or email for personalized service based on your schedule because they work doctors’ hours, not bankers’ hours.
Apply for a PRN loan today! The application is free and applying will not hurt your credit score.
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