Welcome to the start of a new #LifeofaMedStudent blog thread – “Wednesday around the Web.” Each week I’ll share a few of the latest or greatest news articles, blogs, or research topics that I think are important to those in medical training. Continuing my current goal for improving the financial education of #LifeofaMedStudent followers, each week will feature at least one post on finances. I’ll also give you a little update on is happening with me on a personal level – giving you more of an idea of the person behind the #LifeofaMedStudent hashtag.
This week we will start with a truly inspiring post from the White Coat Investor blog. This was a guest post published last week by a physician who managed to dig himself in (and then eventually out) of over $500,000 in debt. The physician didn’t just have extensive loans – he had a lifestyle problem. He and his wife had taken the mindset that when you are in such deep debt from your time in medical training, almost every purchase becomes a “whats another couple $$$ here or there?!” This is a common problem for medical students and residents everywhere. I addressed this in my article 5 Financial Tips for Medical Students as well as my own mistakes in Top 5 Financial Mistakes I’ve made during Residency. Luckily, this physician ended up having his own wake up moment, and is now on the path to financial independence. This article is a great reminder why you should live very modestly through medical school and residency. ->> Confessions of a Profligate Borrower
Another topic that always causes controversy (even though it shouldn’t) is the topic of vaccinations. I’m an incredibly strong supporter of vaccines and the right for clinicians to fire patients that will not adhere to the standardized vaccination schedule. When choosing our pediatrician for our now 4.5 month daughter, near the top of the list was the group’s policy on vaccinations. Simply if it wasn’t required for all patients, we would not be going there. Not surprisingly, it wasn’t hard at all to find multiple pediatrician groups who had a formal policy on vaccinations to be a patient there. Here is an article that discusses why it can be hard to enforce a policy like that and the problems that can occur when a patient later changes their minds and wishes not to vaccinate. ->> The Complications of Firing Patients who wont Vaccinate
Medical school is hard, ok? Really hard. We all talk about that, quite a bit, actually. It was the idea of how much we talk about it – “The only thing we do more than study, is complain about studying” – that was one of the ideas that helped me create #LifeofaMedStudent during my time in medical school. What we DON’T talk about enough is how that stress affects our emotional well-being. Burn out is a real phenomenon in our profession, even in medical school. This is a great article from InTraining.org that talks about defining burnout and how resiliency can be developed to cope with the emotional challenges that medical education presents. ->> Resilience in Medical Education: Defining Burnout and How Role Models Can Help
September was “Women in Medicine Month” and I’d be remiss if I did not start our first “Wednesday around the Web” series with an article supporting the female docs out there. Dr. Arora (@FutureDocs) and AMA Wire published a excellent piece highlighting some the issues women face in medicine and how they can take greater empowerment roles. It’s a must read highlighting the Women in Medicine Month. –> Overcoming Gender Obstacles in Medicine
In my own life, I’m currently doing a Neuro-Anesthesia month at the VA. Unfortunately, because of the lack of cases, I’m doing actually very little neuro-anesthesia. Because the schedule is light, I only have 2 over-night calls this month, and I’ve already gotten them both out of the way in the first week. One was a sleepless night with three separate codes overnight (we carry the airway pager), but the other was largely uneventful. Regardless of residency life, it is a privilege to be able to take care of our nations veterans. My grandfather was a veteran during the Korean War and usually at least once on my rotations at the VA I can sneak out of the ORs and meet him for lunch when he has a primary care appointment. It’s a great pride of mine to be able to do that and it’s one of the moments that reminds me how glad I am to complete residency near home.
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