No doubt about it, this road to becoming a physician has financial risks
It feels risky to go to medical school, and for someone with a young family, like our listener who sent us their question to email@example.com, those risks can feel existential. After all, if things don’t go as planned, the financial payoff of this calling might not be realized and the debt would be crippling. And Dave, as an inveterate catastrophizer, has sympathy for that worry. But is it the right way to be thinking about this endeavor? Brandon Bacalzo, Mariam Mansour, Levi Endelman and co-host newb Elias Kovoor are here to tell you why it can be better to go for it without fear. (We have done other episodes that focus on the concerns of parenting in medical school from a mom’s perspective and from a dad’s).
Another listener question (Dave forgot to make up names for these anonymous submissions) asks, how the heck are you supposed to “do the research” when looking for a medical school? We have some good suggestions for that, too.
And Dave, aware the his med student friends are always looking to save money at the grocery store, puts together a taste test–can the co-hosts distinguish between store vs. national brands, and which do they think is better?
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It’s time for a change, whether we want it or not.
Oh, gosh. It’s Kaci McCleary and Amy Young’s last show as co-hosts. Irisa Mahaparn and Teneme Konne join them to discuss their impending moves to Colorado and Minnesota. Also, they lament Iowa’s new Fetal Heartbeat Bill and what some observers believe will be an associated collapse of OB/Gyn in Iowa should the law go into effect. But life goes on, and Amy–a relatively new parent–talks parenting fails. Luckily for her little Sammy, and sadly for his own children, Dave has her beat. And listener Corey reaches out on Facebook to tell Dave he’s wrong. Shocker.
Plus, Dave reveals how you can get free swag Dave made with frickin’ laser beams…listen to find out how.
On our last show, we fielded a question from Courtney who wants to go to med school but is worried about being a mom and a med student. We got one dad’s perspective then, and now it’s time for mom. Dr. Maya Lopez (CCOM MD ’04) was another non-trad entering school with a supportive husband and a few bundles of joy. She told Eric Schnieders, Tucker Dangremond, and Sanjeeva Weerasinghe how she dove headlong into med school, how she and her husband (along with a village) made parenting and med school work for them.
To top it off, we got another question from Clovis (not his real name) who was worried that he’d either have to join the military or sell all of his internal organs to afford medical school…unless we could come up with some other options for him. CCOM debt counselor Chris Roling had some good news (not to mention advice) for him.
This Week in Medical News
The medical education world is humming with the news that the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has reversed a long-standing prohibition against students contributing to patients’ medical records. Boring? Maybe, but it’s going to change how clerkships are done and the ease with which students make the transition to residency in the very near future.
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Can you be a parent while you’re in medical school?
Listener Courtney, a 26-year-old mother of three wants to know if her med school dream is even possible. Obviously this is a two-part question since there are both moms and dads to consider, so we’ll have a mom on a future show to help. But first, Gabe Conley, Marissa Evers, Joyce “Spicy” Wahba, and Kaci McCleary invited 2004 CCOM grad Dr. Tom McNalley on the show to represent the dads. Tom was 39 with three kids of his own and a wife who was working towards her PhD when he entered med school. We’ll find out how they did it.
After that, Dave and the gang do a little introspection in the way that medical students often are asked to do: by taking personality tests and comparing their results.
This Week in Medical News
Did you know that you can rent a human head? We didn’t know either. Did you know you can rent a HIV- or hep C-infected human head? You can, if you were unwise enough to rent from these people. And a man who needed a kidney found one at the happiest place on earth, sort of.
Alison Pletch, along with Cole Cheney, Aline Sandouk, and Lisa Wehr take a few moments to mourn the passing of Prince, and the fact that he died of something that wasn’t dramatic enough for his persona. Fortunately, Rayhaan of Montreal calls to ask how he can prepare for his med-school interviews, which will be in the multiple mini interviews format. Then, we discuss the idea that kids need to start preparing for medical school in high school, because children have too much childhood these days.