Wednesday Around the Web – 10/12/16

Welcome to “Wednesday around the Web.” Each week we’ll feature the best #LifeofaMedStudent Tweet of the Week and 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.

Tweet of the Week:

@SammyLilHammy: “When your first med school exams are this week! #medstudent #lifeofamedstudent”enter-at-own-risk


This weeks Wednesday Around the Web financial post looks at the effect of specialty choice on ability to save for retirement. In my post 5 Financial Tips for Medical Students I mentioned that I think expected attending salary should be a consideration for picking a specialty. Money isn’t everything, but when student loans are an issue, or financial independence/retire early (FIRE) is a goal – money matters. But how much does it matter? Physician on FIRE answers that for you by running the numbers.  In this hypothetical “4 physicians” post – each make $200k, $300k, $400k, or $500k, respectively. Each has a yearly spending of exactly $100k. How long will Dr. Altruism have to work compared to Dr. Diamond before they are financially independent and could retire early? Check out the impact of specialty here! –> 4 Physicians: The Impact of Specialty Choice

After a long day in the hospital or at the library, we all need to relax a little. One of my guilty pleasures is catching up on my favorite TV shows. I came across this top 10 list on twitter the other day, and found it fun to remember all the popular medical shows that have been around – some before I was even born! Spoiler alert: I thought “Scrubs” should have been higher! What do you think? Top 10 Medical TV Shows

I’ve documented pretty well how I ended up going into anesthesia in my post:  How I became an Anesthesiologist.  There are a lot of different views out there and it’s always good to see how other people came to their chosen specialties. Here is one take via @KevinMD on why one particular physician choose internal medicine. –> Honest Reasons I Chose Internal Medicine

Interview season is gearing up for 4th year medical students all across the county (and world?) and it can be a daunting experience. One of the more challenging aspects is how to literally be in multiple places all across the country in a short amount of time. Senior Resident (@residentsensei) gives some of his tips for traveling for interviews here: –>  Traveling For Interviews

Let’s end this “Wednesday around the Web” on a positive note! Lastly, I am featuring a “letter to the doctors of tomorrow” via @Forbes and @RobertPearlMD giving inspiration and guidance to our young medical students as they began their journey this summer. My favorite of his piece:

“Remember why you wanted to be a physician so badly. Nurture your capacity for empathy, a powerful force for healing others that also nourishes your own soul. Without that, you won’t be as excellent a healer as your patients need and expect you to be.”

Read more here: –> Letter to the Doctors of Tomorrow: How to Find Fulfillment Now and in the Future


 In my personal life, I’m still on my VA Neuro-Anesthesia month. Nothing too exciting so far though, mostly just fusions/diskectomies, with some neuro-monitoring scattered in here or there. Because the VA keeps just 1 person on call, I’m already done with call for the month – which is nice! I do have 3 more moonlighting shifts to get through still. At home, my daughter tried rice cereal for the first time this week, which was pretty amusing.

This weekend my wife and I are gearing up for the big “Parke County Covered Bridge Festival” – THE covered bridge capital of the world! This is a big event in rural Indiana! We are staying at my side of the family’s old farmhouse (been in family since 1940s, though modernized for comfort retreats in last decade) for the weekend and checking out the covered bridge festivities. You might have started to gather from this blog that I am a big fan of life in the country and small towns – so this is a about as country/small town as it gets!

My view this weekend!




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    • Big fan of all your “4 Physician” posts breaking down financial numbers! This is probably the best for medstudents. I’m a big numbers guy myself, and have a bunch of custom excel sheets – someday there will be a #LifeofaMedStudent net worth post and budget (they are kinda sexy, maybe? haha).

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