Should you buy a house in residency?

Happy (belated) Match Day, everyone! Now that the dust is starting to settle, I bet at least half of the graduating medical students in the country have been on zillow shopping for houses. I know because I did the exact same thing. I think my husband’s new hobby for the last month leading up to match day was looking at the houses we

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Agonizing between two specialties? Some thoughts on choosing.

When I was a medical student, I had a really hard time choosing my specialty. I loved everything! I’ve talked to a number of medical students lately who were having the same trouble. After a recent advising meeting with a student, I thought it might be helpful to share some of those thoughts here. Consider these questions a way to

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Preventing Operating Room Aches and Pains

So it’s August, and if you have been spending any amount of time holding a retractor in the last month, I would bet I can point to at least a few body parts that are pretty sore by the end of the day. For me, it’s usually my upper back between my shoulder blades (rhomboids, a.k.a. my retractor-holding muscles) and my

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I matched! Um… Now what?

Match day is very exciting! Congratulations to everyone who matched. After matching, though, what comes next? What do you need to do? For those who matched in the civilian (NRMP) match, here are the items that should be on your radar in the near future:   Update your contact information Your new program will have LOTS of paperwork for you.

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The Definition of Insanity

There is a famous quote that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. I have been reflecting on this quite a bit over the past six weeks as I adjust to life as an intern. As a medical student, I made mistakes, just like everyone else. If (when) I did something

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So I guess I’m a doctor now…

Hey everyone! I’ve been meaning to write an update for a while now, and I haven’t quite gotten around to it yet, so here goes! It’s 1 July 2015, the date that all of my med school professors loved to threaten us with. I lost count of how many times someone said “You know, when 1 July 2015 rolls around, you’re

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