Wednesday around the Web: 12/14/16

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:

 Via MedLife (@studentmed_life) 

“Trying to make it to the end of the semester…. #LifeofaMedStudent” 


Financial Post:

It’s always good to be refreshed on the options medical students have for loan repayments. This article by Michael Farca (@mfarca) 0f goes through each with just enough detail to give you the basics without being too overwhelming. I suggest each med-student give it a read and make sure you aren’t missing anything! -> Medical School Loan Repayment


Want to see how bad residency can really be? One resident discusses in this KevinMD post how he works 100+ hours a week, regularly lies about duty hours, and worst of all – feels poorly trained. My guess is this scenario is more common than we’d like to admit, and your goal through residency interviews should be avoiding similar programs.

Read more here. ->  Resident works 100+ hours per weeek but is still a poorly trained Surgeon


It’s one of a medical students worst fears – not matching come 4th year. InvestingDoc (@InvestingDoc) breaks down the numbers, provides some real life examples, and goes through common pitfalls and solutions with matching. This is required reading for any medical student! -> Why Medical Students do not Match


Unhappy with finals? Worried about making study improvements for the next semester? Matthew Wright of MotivateMd (@MotivateMd) gives his top 12 study tips in this post. I very much agree with Matthew that one of the issues medical students face is that they never actually learned how to study in undergrad – simply got by being very intelligent. Read these tips for when you get hit with medical school study reality! -> Because I never had To: 12 Study Tips for Struggling Medical Students


Life outside the #LifeofaMedStudent:

Sunday night I had the pleasure of joining my future anesthesia group for their annual Christmas party. What a motivating experience! It is so nice to see the light just 6 months away at the end of the tunnel. I am the first physician they have hired in 7 years, and will be the youngest MD in the group by about 20 years. Needless to say, they are almost as excited to have me there and to start picking up call as I am to be done with residency.

As is often quoted for medical training – “The days are long, but the years are fast” – and I certainly sometimes have a hard time believing I’m getting so close to being done. For all those pre-meds or early medical students wondering if they’ll ever get to the end – you will. And it’ll go faster than you can currently imagine.

Best wishes, all!

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