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:
“When you realize that you have to remember all the anatomy learnt in first year
We all know the saying “if I only knew then what I know now” but we generally think of it as what we would tell our younger selves if we could. Dr. Wise Money (@dr_wisemoney) turns the table on that concept in her post that looks at what she would tell her OLDER self. Hitting a few sound financial points as well as great life advice, this is a great article for everyone. My favorite of her tips? Remember when you could live on a med student or resident salary and be happy. As I start to plan for my own major increase in salary next summer, that’s great advice to keep in mind! Check out her full list here -> 6 Money Tips I would tell Dear Older Me
Another important post on finances this week comes from the White Coat Investor (@WCInvestor) page and is a guest post talking about the benefits of an MBA in medicine. I think many of us consider this advanced degree at times. It’s a great avenue into more administration and less clinical practice (if you are into that…) and certainly makes for a more robust and well-rounded resume. This piece is very pro MBA and does a great job laying out many of the benefits. But as one commenter points out, it almost completely ignores the two major negatives – the time and cost to already very in debt and busy physicians! Read the whole thing here -> Is an MBA worth it for an MD?
Not so much a post but you have to check out this photo of an aortic dissection which is rupturing just as the camera managed to flash. Just so cool.
#GirlMedTwitter extraordinaire, Single With Scalpel (@SingleScalpel) has a great post from over summer I just ran across for those interested in medicine called “What Greys Anatomy Doesn’t Tell You About Becoming a Doctor.” It’s a great read full of solid advice, from the simple “Wear compression stockings.. now!” to the more complex “Surgery is the coolest club around, but the dues are high and you have to decide whether or not you want to pay them.” I very much agree with the last statement – on coolness factor I would always list trauma surgeon at the top but being a PGY-5 and then some was always to high of dues for me to even consider. Read her take on the side of medicine Grey’s doesn’t show you here -> What Greys Anatomy Doesn’t Tell You About Becoming a Doctor
Because we go through medical training at a “younger” age, many of us have very little experience being a patient for any significant amount of time. For one medical student (@MDBK22), a very serious car accident forever changed his perspective on medicine from the patient side.
“I hope I’ll always remember how helpless and alone a patient can feel – especially those without friends or family – and that the smallest kindness I can offer may make a big difference.”
Read about his experience and what he learned here: -> A Doctor-in-Training Learns Bedside Manners, the Hard Way
Life outside the #LifeofaMedStudent:
In residency, you come to very much bond and rely on your fellow residents to help get through. One piece of advice I’d give, is as much as you are able, prepare to be flexible and help trade call shifts when people are in need. Life happens, and in the case of a fellow resident this past week, sometimes life literally happens early – and the birth of his 2nd child was a couple of weeks too soon! He was in dire need of someone picking up his Sunday 24hour call shift, which was now just days post delivery. I was happy to answer his request and the “call gods” were kind to me; I worked about 9 hours of daytime cases and then was blessed with an OR-less night. Good karma? Maybe – but either way, I know he was very appreciative of me quickly taking away the stress of that looming call shift. As Single with Scalpel says above – be kind to yourself – but I’ll also add – be kind to your fellow residents.
Have a great week everyone!
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