Wednesday around the Web – 11/9/16

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: 

From @h_jafar :




Financial Post:

When we talk about student loans, topic can be hard to comprehend. Even once you grasp the basics there is often a lot of bad advice out there. @NerdWallet tries to dispel some of the more common student loan myths in this week’s financial post of the week. Make sure you haven’t been giving incorrect information by reading more here -> 4 Student Loan Myths You Might Believe


Bonus Financial Post:

I often say I’m poor. I often complain about the lowly $54,000 salary I make as a resident. But I’m not, and I know that. I have no idea what it’s like to be poor. At worst, I came from a upper middle class family that lived in a small town – making me a “rich kid” comparably. When @FutureProofMD says he was poor, he means it in a way I never could: 

“When we first arrived in the United States, my family came as illegal immigrants.  So I had a drastically different experience.  As a child, I remember driving in a car without air conditioning, raiding the trash at the local thrift store for clothes and moving from an apartment into someone’s basement to save on rent”

This post isn’t just about being poor, it’s about the fear that burns inside you and those lessons that it can teach. @FutureProofMD worries that as he becomes more and more financially secure, he will forget the lessons learn through those poor years. It’s a great read about the personal side of one of my favorite resident financial bloggers and a reminder of just how good many of us have it. –> Financial Fears

(Note if you enjoy @FutureProofMD ‘s writing, get excited – next week #LifeofaMedStudent will be running a guest post from him: “How I became a Radiologist”)

This weeks “tear jerker” post is a great piece via @almostdocs that chronicles one medical student’s experience with patients who didn’t do well. Be in or around medicine for very long and we all see stories like these. Patients who walk in scared but smiling, and never walk out. Patients who die slowly enough for you to really get to know them. Patients who die so suddenly it makes you call your own family members up just to remind them you love them. I’ve seen many cases like this and I very much like the perspective this author added at the end: be humble. As we often gripe about paperwork, missing a lunch break, or another day of working late – people around us are having literally having the worst days of their life. Read more on poor outcomes and what we can learn -> What Can “Almost” Docs Learn from Poor Outcomes

By the time this is published, we will have a new President of the United States. Hopefully the election process has went smoothly and fairly and we all accept the outcome of election. When the dusk settles though, a new President may mean changes in the healthcare system. Whether it’s Maddam President, or Mr. President – it’s good for us all in medicine to have some idea of what view of medicine our President has. Luckily, the great group at @InTrainingDoc has done the homework for you. Here are the health care plans of our contenders, and by the time this is published – the winner. Read more here -> Clinton v. Trump: Health Care Proposals

(Post publish note: Holy Shit?!!)

Life outside the #LifeofaMedStudent:

I’m just 2 days away from a week long vacation. I take a vacation every year on this week. Why? It’s the opening of deer season (rifle) in Indiana and I’ve become quite an avid hunter. There is something about being outside in a crisp November air as the sun comes up that has taken a hold of me. I love blending in with nature and watching it move around me. I love the adrenaline rush of a large deer getting so close to you, hands shaking, but  having to maintain perfectly still. I get to use my surgical skills once a year and honestly we save several hundreds of dollars a year by cooking with healthier venison compared to beef.


Camo overkill…When my OCD mixes with deer hunting


#LifeofaMedStudent will continue to run next week while I’m frequently without cell service. It’ll be the kick off to some great guest posts I have coming up, including @FutureProofMd and Ashleigh of – stay tuned!



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