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Why Do Doctors Kill Themselves?

Why Do Doctors Kill Themselves?

I still remember exactly where I was when suicide first touched my life.  I was in my second year of residency.  I was sleeping.  It was 2 am two days before Christmas when I received the call from my mom.  I can’t explain why, but I knew immediately. This started my journey into wondering why doctors kill themselves.

The Importance of Investing Money in Residency

The Importance of Investing Money in Residency

Saving money is tough. Saving money during residency might be tougher. But is also might be more important. Join along as we discuss the importance (and benefits) behind investing during residency.

Creating A Personal Finance Curriculum: 5 Questions

Creating A Personal Finance Curriculum: 5 Questions

Over the last year, I’ve created a 10-week personal finance curriculum for the 4th year med students at Wake. If you’ve ever thought about doing something similar, here are 5 questions you should ask yourself before getting started.

Physician, Know Thyself: A Self-Identity Crisis

Physician, Know Thyself: A Self-Identity Crisis

It’s easy to lose your identity to this profession. Yet, we must remember who and what we are before we have a self-identity crisis like the one Steve had when I was in medical school.

Is Being Frugal Worth it?

Is Being Frugal Worth it?

Making big financial decisions can be tough. Particularly during residency. Sometimes we want to take the big trip. Or buy the nicer car. Is being frugal really worth it?

The day my professional identity tasted like Humble Pie

Right then, I realized I had made a big mistake by not taking a stand on this one, and not even realizing I should have… I deserved what was coming… my resident read me the riot act.  “You know that not having your professional identity recognized is one of the biggest causes of burnout, right…” 

Imposter Syndrome, Duning-Kruger Effect, and Attending Land Mines

Have you ever felt that impending doom of being seen as a failure?  If you have any humility about yourself, the answer is probably yes.  It’s called “imposter syndrome.”  The prescription?  Avoid the Duning-Kruger effect. Want to know what that is and how to avoid it?  Just keep reading.

Financial Mistakes: It (mis)takes one to know one!

Financial Mistakes: It (mis)takes one to know one!

We are going to discuss five financial mistakes that I have made in my life and the consequences of each mistake.  I want you to read this in a certain light, though.  The light is this: You, too, can make it to financial independence despite making stupid mistakes like me.

What You Need to Know about Refinancing Student Loans

What You Need to Know about Refinancing Student Loans

When I was in residency, residency refinancing companies did not exist. If you read part 1 of this series or are considering private refinancing options, then this post will help you pick the best company for you.

First Do No Harm: An Empty Cup of Expected Wellness

If we are to truly live out the “Do no harm” imperative, we must first make sure that we are not being harmed ourselves.  After all, we cannot expect to replenish the empty cup of wellness our patients bring if our cup is empty, too.

What is Compassion Fatigue? An absence of Hesed?

What is Compassion Fatigue? An absence of Hesed?

Hesed is often translated as loving-kindness, but it also encapsulates mercy, loyalty, and even compassion.  Hesed seems to be the ideal way that we should think and care about others, particularly our patients.  In a world that is more jaded by the day, Hesed seems to be less and less common.  What is more common now is something called Compassion Fatigue.  Today we will discuss exactly what Compassion Fatigue is and ways that we may be able to combat it’s evil forces.