Category Archives: 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

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.

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

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

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

The Shortlist – Respirology vs Critical Care

I’ve been busy these last few months, and what’s currently pre-occupying me is applying for fellowships. I remember putting together a shortlist of specialties that I wanted to do in 1st year, 2nd year, 3rd year medical school, as well as subspecialties of internal medicine in first and second year

When to Stop Resuscitation

Another amazing talk from Cliff Reid ( – inspirational and powerful. Cliff Reid – When Should Resuscitation Stop from Social Media and Critical Care on Vimeo.

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