Wednesday Around the Web: 2/8/17

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: 

Just in time for Valentine’s Day….

Via @stetho_says: 

“Happy Rose Day 🌹🌹🌹    #LifeofaMedStudent” 



Financial Post:

This week’s financial post is on the ever-important topic of student loans! The student loan landscape is always evolving and this post on @physicianonfire by guest author @studentloantrav is a great recap of some of the best ways medical students/residents/young attendings can start attacking their loans. If you are an upper level medical student or newer resident, this should be required reading to make sure you aren’t making any BIG mistakes with loan repayment options. -> Top 5 Ways for Physicians to Attack Student Loans

Guess what? Medical school is stressful! I’ve talked about some of the ways we can decrease some of the unnecessary stress and how the stress can lead to fairly high rates of depression. In a new KevinMD post from @SkepticalScalpel, he hits on the obvious reality that medical school is stressful and yet applications are increasing every year. Read his thoughts here. -> If you go to medical school, you will be stressed. Bigly.

“Pimpin’ aint easy!” The phrase is all to common to medical students. “Pimping” or the practice of being asked rapid, pointed questions – with beratement for being wrong or unable to answer – is a longstanding practice in medicine. It’s not very comfortable, but I’ve found it to be one sure way of having information burned forever into the mind. This post on sees some value as well… but only in certain applications. -> Medical students need to be quizzed, but ‘pimping’ isn’t effective

Twitter likely is the hotbed of political commentary, but I’m seeing more and more opinions from the medical community on the early days of the Trump Presidency via multiple social media sites. Having been involved with social media strongly since #LifeofaMedStudent was started in 2011 – I’ve never seen anything like it from medical professionals. A guest blog on Scientific American agrees, and yet also highlights some caution: 

“Physicians must walk a careful line between medical practice and political activism, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t stand up for their beliefs”

Read more on speaking out on your political beliefs with medical professionalism! -> Doctors Are Speaking Out against Trump

For the last post of the day, we turn to a USNEWS blog by Jeffrey Cooney of @FireCracker with advice for pre-meds who want to get ahead of the curve heading into medical school. Specifically, what classes would be most helpful as a pre-med before going into medical school. Without spoiling the list, I will say I wish I would have taken one of two of these in the Jr./Sr. college years before heading into medical school! -> Plan Senior Year Coursework for Medical School Advantage

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1 Comment

  1. Thank you for sharing the Student Loan Planner’s guest post, LoaMS!

    “Pimpin’ ain’t easy.” Isn’t that the truth? I was usually pretty good at figuring out what was going to be asked, but that doesn’t make it any less anxiety provoking.


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