December 2017: Fake patient exams, sea turtle smoothies, and bourbon with wheat

Professional I took an online class for elective credit while preparing for the USMLE Step 2 exams, both computer-based Clinical Knowledge and awkward Clinical Skills test that pairs you with 12 real-live-fake patients. I chose to use only one resource for each: UWorld for the computer exam (but who doesn’t?), and First Aid’s Step 2 Clinical Skills for the exercise …

Why you should earn money in professional school, and how to get $510 for free

Way back in dental school, I once served on an admissions panel where prospective students and their concerned, hopeful parents could ask current attendees about the school’s particulars. In one of these sessions, four or five questions into a discussion on finding housing on campus and why having a new facility means the world to us (it didn’t, really), a bespectacled elderly gentleman raised his hand to …

My Lightning Strike Moment

Or, My Yard Explains Your Financial Situation and Exercise Routine Something had to be done. A meteorogically impossible series of intense floods and prolonged droughts had plaqued my intern year in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Fresh out of dental school and spending 80 hours a week puzzling over fluid orders and how to use my expensive stethoscope, I’d neglected that …

Is Net Zero in Residency Possible?

Is a positive net worth as a resident possible? Absolutely. Are people doing it? According to statistics, obviously not. One of the most audacious goals here at Millennial in Medicine is to finish residency with a positive net worth. It’s possible.  And I’m not the only one who thinks so. So many of our decisions in healthcare, from which specialty …