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.
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Today’s financial post is from @ResidentSensei on the benefits of a Roth 401k/403b during residents. It’s numbers heavy – which I think illistates the enherent value of the Roth retirement plans during residency. I finally maxed out a Roth IRA for myself and my wife during my last 1.5 years of residency, but like @ResidentSensei waited longer than I should have. Hopefully these numbers will convince you to start early! -> Roth 401k/403b in Residency
In a non-financial topic, but still fun post again from @ResidentSensei (the rare DOUBLE FEATURE!), read “Why Do Doctors Marry Other Doctors?”
Personally, I definitely see it. And married to a former respiratory therapist (now full time mom), I think any prior medical work exposure is helpful to the relationship of a physician. It’s maybe not the same level of understanding, but at least my wife gets the rigors of residency and the need to be flexible with the craziness of life in medicine.
You’ve probably heard about President Trump and his polices on immigration… what you may not have heard as much about is the effect it’s having on medicine. I’ve already seen it first hand, as I had to cover a OR room for a resident Monday AM who was delayed traveling back to the US from vacation in Mexico. Check out the full impact this legislation could have with this article from Wired. -> Doctors and Patients Reel after Trump’s Immigration Ban
Upset about the ban or Trump’s new policies? Don’t just stew in anger. Do something! What to do? Lobby! How do you do that? Good question. And luckily Avni of @MerkManuals “Student Stories” is happy to help answer that for you. Read how to join the lobbying effort and make your opinion known to legislators here! -> Prescription for Effective Lobbying: Part One and Part Two!
As you go through medical school, and especially the clinical time in 3rd year, trying to pick a specialty may be the most important part! Someday, I’ll write my own post on the different ways to narrow it down, but like most things – Student Doctor Network has already done an excellent job on the subject! If you are having a hard time choosing your future specialty read this excellent post on the things to consider. -> Choosing a Specialty: Narrowing Down Your Options
Lastly, an old but important post by @FemInEM on an issue female medical students can face – the “inappropriate to women” patient.
“The hospital is a place where I am empowered. If a patient is sick and in my exam room, whether or not they respect me or my gender will not change the fact that I may very well stand between them and oblivion.”
Read how one medical student reclaimed her space in the hospital in this empowering post! -> Why I resent having to make smart choices: One medical student’s journey
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