Wednesday Around the Web: 1/4/16 – New Year Edition

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 Grumpy Med Student (@GrumpyMedicine):

“Guess how I spent the first day of the new year!? Studying for 13 hours straight! #HappyNewYear #LifeofaMedStudent #GrumpyMedicine” 

Financial Post:

I often mention in my financial tips the need for adequate disability insurance. Here’s another take on it with a  bit of a horror story included. If you are a medical student, especially in the last year or two – now is the time to start looking into disability insurance. Read more on this topic by @adventuresinmed. -> Medical Students Risk it All without Disability Insurance 

In a great post via @MerkManuals from friend of #LifeofaMedStudent, Ashleigh (@ashchrsx) gives us 15 changes we should all be making in the new year. Broken down into school, lifestyle, and finance – each gives a couple great thoughts for self improvement in the new year. Read more -> 15 Changes We Should All Be Making This New Year

From Student Doctor Network (@StudentDoctor) comes another new years post – this time just three (VERY IMPORTANT) new year resolutions for medicals students. -> 3 New Years Resolutions for Medical Students

Ever wish you could go back and do something over? One thing I commonly think of is what I could have done BEFORE medical school to prepare. From @AlmostDocs is a great look at a few classes this author feels would have helped in medical school. I agree with all of them.  -> Classes I wish I took Before Med School

Medical school, medicine, and physician life have all gotten a lot of negative press, especially in 2016. To start off 2017, here’s a post via the Scientific American blogs on the benefits of medical school and medicine for bright, young students. I have to agree, pick a speciality you can live with, minimize your loans (and/or maximize your choice of specialty salary), keep a healthy work-life balance – and medicine is a hell of a great career. Heres a excellent take on why here. -> Making the Case for Medical School

Life outside the #LifeofaMedStudent:

I’ve been on vacation the last 10ish days, very much enjoying Christmas with family. Things have been a little slow on #LifeofaMedStudent given the holidays and my break, but have a lot of great things in store for 2017. In my personal life, I’ve also made a few resolutions:

  • Personal: 
    • I’ve gained about 10-15 pounds since residency started almost 4 years ago, I’d like to be healthier overall and (with some dedication)lose  that weight by graduation in July. That way I’d graduate the same weight I started. Wouldn’t that be an accomplishment! 
    • It wasn’t exactly my choice, but I won’t be moonlighting going forward in 2017. My group was replaced by Telemedicine! This does however, present an opportunity to back off the hours a bit as residency winds down and spend more time with family. 
  • Education:
    • Graduate residency and equally importantly pass my anesthesia written board exam in July. Studying for this will be an utmost priority!
    • Make the days as hard as possible, take the difficult cases, hopefully see as much good and bad as I can – be as prepared as possible to be on my own July 1. 
  • New Job, New location:
    • I will start a new job as an anesthesia attending in July. We hope to find a new home in the rural outskirts of this small-mid sized MidWest City. Finally out of the big city to some peace and quiet (priorities can change through the years)!
    • I want to get involved as much as I can at the new job, without going back to working resident like hours just because the money will be much better. I hope to take a teaching appointment as the head of the anesthesia rotation for medical students – which will also keep me more in touch with #LifeofaMedStudent issues. 
  • Financial: 
    • Max out 401k, Backdoor Roth IRAs, grow my taxable investment account, pay off my wife’s beautiful Jeep Grand Cherokee (and keep driving my 220,00 mile Honda). 
    • Keep living like a resident until my current $223,000 in student loans are paid off (plan is in ~5 years, ~$60,000 per year to get them all after interest). 


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