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  • COT Physical Fitness Training Update

    COT Physical Fitness Training Update

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    Hey everyone! You may have already read my other posts on physical fitness training at COT, and how to prepare. I think it’s important to mention that there has been a shift in how the initial PT test is treated. Several years ago, if you failed the “diagnostic” PT test that you take at the beginning of …Read More »
  • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts

    Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts

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    Flexible Spending Account Basics If you have dependents who need care while you are at work, and you are getting ready to start a civilian job, you need to know about Flexible Spending Accounts, or FSAs – a way to help you cover the costs of taking care of your dependents while you work. If you already …Read More »
  • What new residents need to know about saving for retirement

    What new residents need to know about saving for retirement

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    Residency brings a lot of firsts: first admission, first discharge, first actual orders, first prescriptions, and for a lot of people, their first real paycheck. When you go through your hospital’s new employee orientation, they’ll talk to you about saving some of that paycheck for retirement. You’ll most likely have at least one option presented by Human Resources, as …Read More »
  • How far from the hospital should I live in residency?

    How far from the hospital should I live in residency?

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    Continuing our theme of housing and home-buying topics for folks who are getting ready to start residency, let’s consider another common question: how far should I live from the hospital?  Of course, as with anything else, it depends. Let’s look at a few of the factors to consider. Commute Time It’s important to remember that as a …Read More »
  • Mortgage Basics and Terminology

    Mortgage Basics and Terminology

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    Now that we have talked a little bit about whether you should buy a house and the types of mortgages available, we will review some key terms that you will need to be familiar with in order to understand the detailed explanations of each kind of mortgage which are coming up in the next several posts.  Amortization …Read More »

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