Obstetrics Abroad

Tomorrow I take my OB-Gyn shelf exam, marking the end of my first clerkship this year.

Today I stumbled across this photo from National Geographic. The caption reads:

  Asia, a 14-year-old mother, washes her new baby girl at home in Hajjah while her 2-year-old daughter plays. Asia is still bleeding and ill from childbirth yet has no education or access to information on how to care for herself.

I could say so much, but is it really necessary? Ultimately these are the sort of health inequalities I hope to be working toward solving in the near future.

Interview on Accepted.com and other Links

Accepted.com is interviewing various med school bloggers and I was featured a little while back. Here’s a preview:

Accepted: What is your favorite class so far?

Steven: My favorite class so far was probably Anatomy. I loved the hands-on aspect of the course. Plus anatomy lab allows you to build a unique camaraderie with classmates. It would be hard to go through medical school alone; anatomy seems to bring people together in a way that makes sure that doesn’t happen.

Check out the rest of the interview here!

In light of the recent decision on health care reform (AKA the Affordable Care Act) I am really curious to read this e-book about our health care system written by two medical students. Here is a quote from the New York Times review:

In their unpretentious voice, Ms. Askin and Mr. Moore make clear from the beginning that their explanations are neither in-depth nor definitive. But given their evenhanded and highly organized prose, it’s hard not to put their book in the same revered category as a medical textbook or dictionary. In a mere 175 pages, and with an impressive roster of references and well-placed graphics, “The Health Care Handbook” illuminates the maddeningly opaque terms, acronyms, organizations, personages and policies that abound in health care. The authors do so not by expounding on the minutiae, but by jettisoning the jargon and gobbledygook and presenting only the core ideas.

Sounds worth the read to me.

Speaking of worthy reads, one of my favorite bloggers Cal Newport (if you are not reading his blog Study Hacks, you should be) is releasing a new book in September titled “So Good They Can’t Ignore You”. It’s one of the few books I have ever pre-ordered. I am looking forward to seeing how the ideas in this book can be applied to the medical profession.

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Saving Money While in Medical School

Note: This is a guest post from Elsevier Health.

Medical school is expensive. It is a time where being thrifty and more conscious of how you spend your money can pay off in the long run. You may have to prepare yourself for this lifestyle change. The median tuition at public medical institution was $28,685 and $46,899 at a private institution in 2011-2012, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. Keep in mind that this does not include textbooks, lab fees, food and housing.

Student Discounts and Renting Textbooks

First and foremost, you can use your student status for discounts. Your student ID card might come in handy at museums, movie theaters or restaurants. Check business websites to see if they offer student discounts. Student Rate offers local and national student discounts that can aid in saving money on computers to clothes. You can research online and take advantage of daily deals you come across on Groupon or Living Social.

Using coupons and online discount codes can also save you tons of money. From food and house cleaning needs to school supplies and books. Taking the time to cut out coupons and researching for discount codes for online ordering is a smart and easy money saving technique.

You also have the option today to rent textbooks through the new e-readers that are available, such as the Kindle or iPad. Books can be easily purchased and downloaded through Amazon and the iTunes store. You only pay for the amount of time you need the textbooks, such as a semester or two. However, when you are in the medical profession, it is often helpful to have textbooks handy for future reference. Purchasing hard copies of textbooks are often the best option for medical students. Looking up promotional codes online and comparing various textbook sites for the best prices is very helpful.

Take Advantage of Campus Resources

Using resources available on your campus is a great start to saving money during the school year. For example, take advantage and utilize the campus library. The library is filled with free books for studying or reference materials. Free Wi-Fi and computers are also available to you. It is also full of space for you to study quietly and effectively.

You may also want to see if your campus has a gym that is free for students. Staying healthy and fit will help relieve stress and focus better on your work.

If you live off campus, doing away with a TV will also help in lowering your living costs. Between schoolwork, rotations at the hospital and studying, you will most likely find that you have very little down time to watch TV anyway. Full episodes of your favorite show are most likely streaming on the internet, or if you’re a sports fan, head to a friend’s house to catch the game.

To save on food, perhaps there is a discount for employees at the hospital in which you are working? Making coffee at home and cutting out cups of coffee from Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks can save significant money as well. Eating healthy on a budget may not be easy, and as medical professional, you
know high sodium foods such as Ramen Noodles or Campbell’s soups, while affordable are not exactly healthy. Finding healthy foods on a budget may be hard but worth the investment.

Keep in mind that you are doing a noble thing. You are educating yourself to become a physician someday. Soon you will be saving lives and helping people stay healthy and live longer. Keep in mind that this point in your life will be a distant memory someday. Embrace your time in medical school and enjoy your experience while it lasts! Saving money is helpful, but remember to treat yourself as well! If you score high on a test, go out to dinner or to a movie with friends. If you find you have some extra down time, attend a party, or hang out with some close friends. Keeping sane and staying true to you is very important – to you and your patients!

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