Wednesday Around the Web: 3/8/17

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 updates on new blog posts, a sponsor highlight, and any personal news. Thanks for reading!


#LifeofaMedStudent Tweet of the Week:

Financial Post:

The world of student loan repayment has gotten more complex as IBR, then PAYE, and now REPAYE have been introduced. Mix in the sometimes tricky stipulations for PSLF and things can get confusing. @BigLawInvestor breaks down some of the very important details in 5 Facts about REPAYE, IBR, and PSLF.

Senior Resident (@residentsensei) tackles a common theme in his “Medicine Mondays” post this week – would you do medicine all again? I am glad, I’ve made it through medical school and now (almost) residency without really having many second thoughts. Read his answers and the important points – both lifestyle and financial – in his post I Wouldn’t Choose Medicine Again.

Many medical students and residents have online personas – however, for many of us we keep our twitter accounts anonymous. The major rational is to speak freely while trying to avoid scrutiny/backlash from our attendings and administrations. Not this former EM resident – and he makes a great case for living “out loud” on social media – though he admits he was often a target at times because of it. Read why you should embrace the online spotlight in Why I Live-Tweeted Residency by Jeremy Faust (@jeremyfaust)

* I consider #LifeofaMedStudent “semi-anonymous” – I don’t explicitly say my full name, or where I am currently in residency. But between tweets, photos, and now the about me section on this website – it’s not hard to find out who I am or where I am located. Maybe it’s time to be even more forthcoming… 

Work around the public long enough and you are sure to hear people say some crazy things. If you are a optometrist, those things likely involve crazy things people do and say about their eyes. Read a hilarious list here via @OptometryTimes in Patients say the darndest things!

There were two good KevinMD posts I came across this week to share to all of you.

First, it’s pretty well known that Adderall use is fairly widely abused in medical education/training (maybe as high as 1 in 5). Those that do, often feel it gives them an advantage or edge in study or concentration. BUT there’s new research out there that suggests an opposite effect! Read more via Does Adderall make you underachieve?

Next, it’s all about the babies! If you’ve ever thought starting a family and medical school wouldn’t mix – here is a post to change your mind. -> Having a baby during Medical School wasn’t such a bad idea

Recent Posts on #LifeofaMedStudent:

My experience being the patient – What I learned from having my appendix removed during residency!

5 life lessons medical school has taught me!

Patient encounters outside the hospital – The Good, the Bad, and the downright Uncomfortable!

The Surgery Rotation: Breaking down my 24 hours on call!

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