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Attending Finances Thoughts

Financial Rule #2 – Pay Less Tax

Your biggest expense as a physician will be paying taxes. Financially, you should try to minimize your taxes paid. I often think about physician finances in an inverse way. Instead of focusing on your specialty and income or compounding returns on investments, I think it’s good to think about what pitfalls could ruin your path […]

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Attending Finances Thoughts

Financial Rule #1 – Don’t Get Divorced

The number one financial mistake that doctors, and almost everyone, can make is getting a divorce. If you’re not married or in a common-law relationship, please ignore the following post. If you are married, or considering a life-long relationship with someone, this is for you. I know it sounds facetious to put this as the […]

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Residency Thoughts

Resident Topics

Teaching and mentoring residents is one of the most enjoyable parts of being an attending. I get to meet bright and motivated young doctors, and hopefully help contribute to their medical careers. Thinking back, I realize I am in many ways the sum of my preceptors. From the way I manage certain conditions to my […]

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Attending Medical School Residency Thoughts

How to Learn Medicine in Residency

  Learning during residency is very different from medical school. Medical school is where you are taught the basics of medicine – anatomy, pathology, terminology, physiology and a basic understanding of diagnostics and treatments of diseases. Residency is where you become a doctor and use your knowledge to treat patients. You are no longer in […]

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Attending Thoughts

The Poor Historian

Last week, I was listening to the cases that were admitted by the overnight resident. By the time he presented the third case, I became annoyed after I repeatedly heard the dreaded phrase “poor historian.” This particular patient wasn’t forthcoming with his symptoms. He was vague with what was going on. “He couldn’t provide an […]

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Attending

The Attending Life

I have been teaching a lot of medical students and residents lately as the “attending / staff” physician. It’s hard to remember what it was like ten years ago, when I was an undergraduate student and clueless about the world of medicine. I was naive and green. Optimistic and cautious. I didn’t even know how […]

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Thoughts

New Chapter, New Beginnings

Life as an attending physician has been everything I had hoped it would be. I’ve been out of residency a year so far and I am loving my job – the autonomy, the colleagues, the patients, the medicine. As always, there are some aspects that aren’t as pleasant to deal with such as scheduling, overnight […]

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Apps Health Care

Agent+ App Review – Billing for Doctors on the Go

One of the contentious topics you don’t learn much about in your transition to staff physician is income and medical billings. At the end of residency, different billing companies and agents often host dinners and info sessions to try to woo you to use their service. It can be quite confusing. Luckily during my residency […]

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The End of the Beginning

I started medaholic eight years ago to document my transition into a doctor. It’s been a crazy adventure, but I made it. I’m now a fully licensed doctor in internal medicine. I’m a much different person now than when I started this journey. Back then, I was fresh out from undergrad, young and optimistic. When […]

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Health Care Residency

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

Not much time to update these days, but found this excellent blog post that needed to be shared. http://dharmarajkarthikesan.com/2015/05/09/dear-doctors-be-kind-to-each-other/ Too many times I’ve seen patients turfed from service to service. In the lounges, emergency doctors are ridiculed and colleagues bad-mouthed. Everyone thinks their specialty is the only service that actually looks after patients. This has […]