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 finally fully understand what’s going on in a medical tv show…. #LifeofaMedStudent”
Via Kevin MD, this week’s finacial post is on the topic of the mounting student loan crisis for young doctors. We know how hard student loan debt can hit physicians after residency. Even just this week I talked about that very topic in a post “Why money and finance matter to docs in training – a real life example of financial stress in a new attending!”
However, in a different view, this article focuses not on just the burden to the individual person but the burden to the health system as a whole. The author states “..there is a bigger reason why society should be concerned about the cost of a medical education. There are long-term consequences to a system where the average amount of debt for a graduating medical student is over $150,000.” Among those concerns is a shift towards specialization (and the higher incomes with it) by top graduates – something I unfortunately think is important to consider if you are facing large student loan debt. Read all the reasons increasing student loan debt for physicians is problematic, and why you should care about it here: -> Why You Should Care about Medical Student Debt
Next up is great post by financial blogger Passive Income MD, though this post is about life in general. The idea behind this post is that often the hardest step in reaching our goals is the first one, and in life – whether be exercising, investing, a new study routine, or maybe even starting a blog – it’s building that forward moment that can make all the difference. Some days you just need a little inspiration to get started on a goal or project and this post certainly provides a boost.
“Sometimes all it takes is a tiny nudge–just enough to get the ball rolling–and inertia will help take it from there. So I encourage you to take a step, any step and get things in motion. “
Read more on this post and get your own ball rolling here: -> Taking Steps Towards a Better Life
If the above post can teach you how to get started on a goal, the next by McSassyMD may help you identify what is holding you back. In a great “rant,” McSassy realizes that a common phrase we’ve probably all said is likely the root to much of our inaction. That phrase? – “I can’t, I’m in med school.”
“When I look at myself and my classmates, I see “I’m in med school” being used as permission to not take care of ourselves, to put our friendships on the back-burner, and to be a shitty sons and daughters. It’s an excuse to not accomplish the things that we really want for ourselves.”
She nails it here. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used med school, studying, or residency as an out for something that simply I didn’t want to make a priority. McSassy rightfully identifies that kind of thinking as “lazy” and “dangerous.”
Read more about what she sees wrong with that phrase and what you can do about it here: -> “But I’m in med school”
Enough inspirational posts today, let’s move on to a humor link via GomerBlog!
One of the classic, must read books on medicine/residency training is “The House of God.” It was written several decades ago and follows several new physicians through their intern year at the House of God medical center. The medicine mentioned in the book can be a bit outdated, but the emotional impact of intern year as a physician is still very real and relevant today (and probably should be required reading in medical school). One of the main story lines is the sometimes unorthodox”rules” of the House of God that are taught by a senior resident to the interns. And leave it to GomerBlog to have hilariously updated those rules for a modern age of medicine! Two of my favorites?
“If a medical student cuts a suture, it will either be too short or too long, it can never be just right.”
“Gomers go to ground and naturally we blame anesthesia for it like everything else in medicine.”
Read the full list of the new “House of God” rules in medicine here: -> 2016 Updated Laws of the House of God
Life outside the #LifeofaMedStudent:
Being a senior resident has it perks sometimes, and last week I was lucky enough to enjoy a 4 day weekend to celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday. Hilariously, I was so shocked to have that much time off without a scheduled vacation I had to check the master schedule a couple times to make sure I wasn’t missing something. I very much enjoyed the break, spending time with family, and making it out into the Indiana woods for a bit hunting. I was also happy last week to have a post featured on KevinMD for the first time highlighting many of the the things I’m thankful for as a resident.
At home, my 6mo old daughter has her first cold – having a runny nose, cough, and low grade fever. We are first time parents, so everything is new. Thus, every time my wife asks me something medical, I think back to the 1 month of pediatrics I had as a 3rd year medical student (5 years ago), and then quickly tell her to call the pediatrician, haha. So for all you medical students, study up on your rotations – you may be single and childless like I was, but in 5 years you could very well be trying to figure out if your child is perfectly fine or on the verge of dying because you didn’t pay enough attention in med school!
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