Wednesday around the Web – 10/19/16

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 what is happening with me on a personal level – giving you more of an idea of the person behind the #LifeofaMedStudent hashtag.

#LifeofaMedStudent Tweet of the Week:

@StudentDrDiva: “Medical School: Where you pay $50,000 a year to work 80 hours a week. #MedSchoolProbz #LifeofaMedStudent #MedStudentProbz”


There are two financial posts this week!!

The first by @passiveincomeMD goes through the “5 most important Money lessons I Teach My Residents.” My favorite? Something we as medical students/residents are great at – reading! Just one financial book is enough to keep you from making many terrible financial decisions – many of which I made myself during residency.  Check out Passive Income MD’s list here.–> The 5 Most Important Money Lessons I Teach My Residents.

The second by @FutureProofMD is particularly important this time a year for medical students – how to cut costs during the brutal interview season. We posted our own tips for how to schedule interviews this week, but are happy to leave the financial aspect of it to this well thought out guide by FPMD. –> Money Saving Tips for Interview Season.

Next up is a collection of articles dealing with emergencies in the air! Delta airlines has been under a deep amount of bad press this week over how they’ve dealt with not 1, not 2, but 3 separate emergency situations on flight. The first two deal with how two separate black female physicians on two separate flights were denied access to a patient in need because they were essentially not believed to be actual doctors. In the third separate incident, there were multiple physicians who were again asked to show credentials (who actually carries their legal medical license, I don’t!?) and then during this patients true emergency, the stock of supplies was well below required aviation standards. Read about the incidents below: 

Discusses first two incidents: –> It happened again: Another Delta Flight Crew can’t believe a Black Woman is actually a Doctor

3rd incident: –> Syncope at 35,000 feet: A Physician’s Harrowing Story (via @KevinMD).

I can tell you one thing, three separate incidents sounds to me like a culture problem within Delta. Having an unstocked emergency kit on a 17hour flight is just plain dangerous. Physicians for the most part are generously willing to assist outside their usual duties when medical issues arise on flights, however the complete lack of respect and appreciation by Delta towards the physicians in all three of these incidents is appalling. Personally, when I fly next I will be avoiding Delta.

“So how do you talk to a dying patient? I ask myself this question every morning as I knock on Mr. B’s door.”  – We all experience death and dying in our medical training. As you go through the years, this is something you become more familiar with. As a medical student, interacting with terminal patients can be troublesome, especially if the patient is younger. How to I act? What do I say? A blog post by a @StanfordMed medical student dives into these issues.–> What Do We Say to a Dying Patient.


Life outside the #LifeofaMedStudent:

This is my last week at the VA on neuro-anesthesia. Next Monday I start on another transplant anesthesia month – liver, kidney, pancreas – oh my! It’s a sporadic schedule, with some unbelievably light days mixed with very late days. We don’t have to do over-night transplants (call team will) but if you start one in the afternoon, you can expect to finish it since you are on that month. Transplant is a very rewarding month – it’s nice to see patients wake up knowing they have a new organ and their life is forever changed. I’ll never forget the excitement one kidney transplant recipient expressed as she saw urine coming out her Foley in PACU (she had been anuric for years).

Best wishes this week! 


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