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:
“No sleep, restless, friggin’ exhausted but gotta keep going and carry on. #LifeofaMedStudent“
This week is a basic refresher for 4th year medical students and residents for personal finance topics. Via KevinMD and written by Chad of @WealthKeel – this post goes through many of the common topics including – student loans, budgets, living like a resident, emergency funds, and simple investing tips. -> A Medical Resident’s guide to Personal Finance
I’ve written about my own first experience with death in medicine, however in that instance I was but an observer. What difference does it make when you are in charge? @BenGoldMd shares his experience on leading his first code and the aftermath. For all of us in medicine, it’s a reminder of the first time we were in charge in those tense moments. For medical students, it’s a good look at the responsibility you will one day undertake. -> Running My First Code
I like to include posts on relationships from time to time – as medicine certainly complicates them. This week I’m linking to a great piece via @InTrainingDoc on the relationship and subsequent marriage of a 3rd and 4th year medical students. It hits on dealing with being apart, as well as how to make the future work. Read more here. -> Married I Medical School: Our Experience
The next two posts will focus on board preparation, as the USMLE Step 1 study season will be starting to heat up in the next few months. The first, a @StudentDoctor post by Patrick Beeman of @BoardsInsider helps you address what he calls the “hunch reflex” and how to tackle boards style questions. Read his strategy here. -> Board Prep: Training for a Marathon, not a Sprint
Note: I very much agree with Patricks push to do as many board style questions as possible. Drastically increasing the number of practice questions I did was a large part of how I went from a “Pass” student with a 215 on Step 1, to a consistenly “Honors” student with a 248 on Step 2.
Need help making a study plan and getting motivated? From @MyLifeinMedSch1 – a popular fashion and medical school blog – lists her study schedule from taking Step 1 last summer. If your the type to make robust/specific study schedules, her’s is pretty detailed and would make a good basis for someone to build from. Read about it here. -> How to: Step Study Schedule
Recent Posts on #LifeofaMedStudent:
Confessions of a Med School Drama Queen – What stereotype of medical student fits you?
“How I Became a Surgeon” – How @SingleScalpel decided to go into surgery.
Budgets: Why they are important and a copy of mine (as a resident) – How far does a resident salary + some moonlighting go?
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