Medical school is expensive, as everyone knows. The Association of American Medical Colleges tells us that annual tuition and fees at state medical schools in 2010-2011 averaged $25,000 for in-state residents and $48,000 for non-residents. Out of state residents at private medical schools paid even more, and these figures don’t include living expenses and housing.
Fortunately, there are lots of sources of financial aid available; but it’s important to take care with your discretionary spending while you’re in medical school so that you don’t graduate with unmanageable debt. Which brings up the question: how can you have live your life and have fun while you’re in medical school? In this episode of The Short Coat, financial aid counselor Penny Rembolt talks with students Molly Calabria, Priyanka Rao, Tyler Gunn, and Will Zeitler about their methods for saving money while having a good time in medical school.
Josh Nesbit is the executive director of Medic Mobile, a mobile technology company that looks for ways to connect and coordinate health systems with mobile networks. In other words, they use open-source and readily available technology to, as they say on their website http://medicmobile.org, create connected, coordinated health systems that save more lives. Second Year medical student Asitha Jayawardena spoke with Josh recently about what Medic Mobile does.
Medical school is all about science, right? That’s true, but a healthy percentage of med students come from non-science backgrounds. Philosophy, art, English, education and foreign language majors, to name a few.
Opportunities do exist within one’s medical education to pursue those interests. Many schools, including the Carver College of Medicine, offer four tracks, allowing students to get recognition for research, humanities, teaching and/or service. Recently, we sat down with a group of students and track directors to hear more about how tracks work and how they can benefit students.
Drug companies save lives and improve the quality of those lives. But these business are also trying to profit from their activities. Second-year med student Amy Young talks with PharmedOut director and founder Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD, about the tactics drug companies use when selling pharmaceuticals to doctors. According to her, drug companies are using some pretty sneaky tactics to exert subtle pressure on doctors, who in many cases aren’t aware of how those methods influence their subscribing habits.
This time, a show that happened sort of accidentally. We usually like to have more than one segment per show, but our recording of our advice column, The Short Couch with Natalie Ramirez, kind of…went long. More importantly, thanks to guests Jenna LeRoy, Derreck Fenchel and Jeff Cagley and Shortcoats host Jane Viner, it went kind of hilarious. So we decided it was a show all by itself.
This time, the Short Coats talk to Anatomy and Cell Biology Professors about using donated bodies as learning tools, Paul Christine talks with a few folks about the research projects they presented at Medical Student Research Day, and Natalie Ramirez and friends inaugurate The Short Couch, dispensing sorely needed advice to their fellow students.
The Short Coat presents The Short Couch with Natalie:
Med school is a challenge, a character building exercise, and sometimes, just a 4-year suck-filled existence. Whatever you wanna call it, it’s definitely not a time to go it alone. My friends, this is when we outta call in the reserves. The generations of med students and fully pimped doctors who’ve already made their way to residency somehow. So, don’t reinvent the wheel! Send the Short Couch your problems, and we will get you solutions! Or at least some decently thought-out suggestions from those who have been there.
But seriously, we welcome your questions, problems, or whatever you’ve got concerning life in medical school. Not just academics, but all of it. Want to see how others have handled serious long distance relationships or coming to terms with “just passing”? Well, call us at (347) SHORT-CT (that’s (347) 746 7828)—and if you want us to obfuscate your voice we can do that if you tell us to—or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or come yell it at Jason and David in 1193 MERF. We’ll find people to talk. We have our ways.
As the Carver College of Medicine inducts another class of medical students, we look at the role of our Learning Communities, some things that students wish they’d known when they entered medical school, a countdown of medically themed songs, and some info about a few of our student organizations.
Host Dane Jacobson and Executive Producer Jason Lewis talk about the new podcast, invite others to join up and make it happen, and…Marvin Gaye, the Physician Assistant of sexual healing?