Med Student Parents, Part 2 | Plan for Debt but Don’t Worry


This time, a mom’s point of view.

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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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2 thoughts on “Med Student Parents, Part 2 | Plan for Debt but Don’t Worry”

  1. I’ve just had the opportunity to listen to part 2! Thank you Dr. Lopez for every piece of this story. I was especially entertained by Dr. Lopez’s comment about being “wreckless,” I feel the same way; if I can’t do it, I’ll stop. It was just helpful to hear someone who has successfully completed the journey I’m dying to begin say that and kind of “take the pressure off.” I cannot explain how much I appreciate all of the thought and time put forth to answer my question and calm my fears. I very much hope I can make the necessary sacrifices and I hope my 5, 3 and 1 year old learn to adapt as well. I feel as though my question has been thoroughly answered!! Thank you so much!

    1. That’s great, Courtney. Glad we could help! If we can answer any other questions along the way, you know where to find us!

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