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:
“True story… #LifeofaMedStudent”
This week’s med-financial post is from The White Coat Investor (@WCInvestor) – hitting the important topic of student loan debt to income ratio. I’ve long advised that the higher your loan burden, the more importance one should place on expected income as an attending. WCI breaks down the numbers to show why that ratio can have such a factor on your life (hint, unless you like living on a residents salary, you better pay attention!). Read more here. -> Maximum Student Loan Debt to Salary Ratio
If it’s your last year of medical school, the big looming responsibility of residency is soon heading your way. In the last 6 months before intern year starts, how can you set yourself up to succeed? This excellent post on KevinMD helps break down the ways you can prepare for the sometimes brutal life of resident! -> Be prepared Mentally, Physically, and Socially for Residency
Need a very last minute gift idea for a medical student? Or maybe just looking for some ideas for yourself. Inside the Boards (@BoardsInsider) has the answer with this awesome and funny holiday gift idea list! Check it out here. -> The ITB Holiday Gift Guide for Medical Students
Are women better doctors than men? That is the question that is bolting through the twitter-verse this week! The answer, according to a newly released JAMA study is YES! And not for superficial reasons, but because their patients actually had a statistically significant mortality benefit. In fact, they estimated that “approximently 32,000 fewer patients would die” each year if cared for by a female instead of a male physician – WOW!
Here’s the original JAMA article here -> Outcomes of Hospitalized Medicare Beneficiaries Treated by Male Vs. Female Physicians
Here’s a run down on the study from The Atlantic. -> Evidence of the Superiority of Female Doctors
For medical students (especially those in the first two years) winter break can be a time of reflection. We all learn lessons as we go along the years, some out of success, and some out of disappointment. In a older, but great post on Student Doctor Network, the author hits on 5 of the most common mistakes medical students make through the years. I know I was guilty of several of them! Read more here. -> 5 Mistakes I made in Med School (So you don’t have to)
Life outside the #LifeofaMedStudent:
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to all! I am on vacation next week, so things may be a little light around #LifeofaMedStudent. Despite my (truthful) post – How I learned to ENJOY working Holiday Shifts – I used my #1 vacation pick for next week. It’s my daughter’s first Christmas and I didn’t want to leave it to the schedule gods whether I could make it or not.
I’m currently doing acute post op pain at our Trauma Hospital. My days are out of the OR, generally preforming peripheral nerve blocks as well as epidural/spinal blocks for surgeries. It’s a fun, but physically busy rotation. We still take trauma call along with the other residents here this block, but I was lucky enough to make it through my Sunday call without any over-night cases. I did get woken up around midnight to put an IV in a burn patient. He had been stuck multiple times by nursing and was understandably upset. I was fortunate enough to get his IV in on my first attempt, much to his relief and thanks. It’s little things like that which can make the job rewarding, having a skill set to instantly help someone – even if a small event.
To everyone on winter break – congrats! You are one step closer to your goals – whether getting into medical school or graduating. Keep going, keep motivated, keep confident. – Charlie
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