Category Archives: Residency

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

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

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

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.

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. 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

How to Pack a Suit for CaRMS Part 2

I’m on the interview trail for my MSM (Medicine Subspecialty Match) for CaRMS. I’m starting to realize… the interviews never end. You just get more specialized and specific with each one. Medical school, residency, fellowship…. then jobs… Nevertheless, I would like to think I got better at packing and travelling

Under Pressure

The weight of residency has been hitting hard lately. It’s akin to Atlas trying to hold up the world with his might but struggling. Struggling to find the time and energy to keep my life balanced. CaRMS fellowship applications are starting. There has been a flurry of activity in my personal life. Only thing I can do

The Hundred Hour Week

During residency, there are ebbs and flows to each work week. In a typical 1 in 4 call schedule, you may find yourself working fifty to a hundred hours a week – based on a 8-10 hour workday, and 24-26 hour call shift. A light week would be doing a

Tales From the Call Room – Medaholic’s Hierarchy of Needs on Call

If you’re familiar with Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, there is a pyramid structure of man’s needs. The most fundamental necessities are at the bottom with the need for self-actualization at the top. I want to propose a similar model – Medaholic’s Hierarchy of Needs on Call Level 1 – At the most

Residency Subspecialty Shortlist – PGY2

One of the biggest appeals of internal medicine is that it is such a broad specialty. Even within adult medicine, you can choose to sub-specialize or remain a generalist. In Canada, internal medicine residents go through a second CaRMS process called the Medicine Subspecialty Match during PGY3. In Canada, there