Live Like A Resident, Earn Like An Attending

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You have worked like a dog through your undergraduate years, medical school, residency and perhaps fellowship to reach your professional apex as a working physician.  Finally you get your first check, and it has more zeroes at the end than any document you’ve seen short of your student debt statement. One friend from your study group who has the same …

The Unconventional Life

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A recent New Yorker article summarized the three stages of the American immigrant experience: I found this a concise way of capturing the internal tensions we all struggle with to some degree:  on the one hand, we seek financial security, and making our parents proud is for many a personal or cultural imperative.   Yet the idea of a life …

Top 10 Reasons I Always Travel Carry-on

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I recall going to a residency interview where one of the interviewees showed up wearing a Metallica t-shirt and jeans, the same comfy clothes he’d worn when his flight arrived late the night before.  His professional interview clothing was in his checked bag, which did not arrive in time to impress his interviewers.  The lesson this imparted could not have …