Wednesday Around the Web: 5/24/17

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:

Via @jennythedub:

Financial Post:

FutureProofMD takes a common medical trainee dilemma in this financial post on moonlighting. I’ve written about my own experiences with moonlighting, but this is a great discussion for those of you considering adding a second job during medical school or residency – it’s not exactly easy money!

Moonlighting for Medical Trainees – A Pro and Con Discussion


Recently, Medscape weighed in on the new ACGME duty hour change from 16 to 24+4 hour shifts for PGY1 residents. The article did a good job of highlighting both sides to the argument, and I was happy to be quoted in favor of 24 hours. I did note that I’m not particularly a fan of the “+4” transition period that I think can be abused by programs. Give the article a read here:

Resident Duty Hour Changes Prompt Preparation and Reaction


Finally!!! The surgical cap makes a major victory in the operating room!!! As someone who absolutely hates the boufant (and the non-evidence based desire to make it the only option), I was so happy to read this article and the evidence supporting the surgical cap. I haven’t printed off copies for the charge nurses…yet.

Surgical Caps Get Clean Bill of Health


I’ve seen this before, and it’s unfortunately common place. The look upon the specialty of family medicine as “settling.” The comments when students choose this… “must not have a good board score.” But, here is a strong rebuttal via KevinMD to lend some support to a very complex and demanding specialty.

No, I’m Not Settling for Family Medicine


For those about to make the transition from basic sciences to the clinical years of medical school… it can be a big change. Nathaniel Fleming via ScopeBlog details the biggest difference he immediately noted as he started clinical rotations.

When the medical student is no longer the most important person in the room


It’s well accepted that the peer to peer competition in medical training can be overwhelming. This article from @PreMedLife takes a look at the where and why behind this mindset. Great read for pre-meds and medical students!

The Psychology of Competition Within Pre-Medical Students


Recent Posts on #LifeofaMedStudent:

From Nurse to Medical Student – Lessons learned from changing careers!

BoardVitals: A review of their QBank

The Best of #DearFutureMD – the inspirational hashtag for physicians-to-be!

Pregnant in Medical school & Residency – My story & lessons learned!


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