Days off during residency

Posted by leo on 10/09/05 (10:52) Post a comment(0)

Residents have very few days off during training. Usually it is one day in 7 during inpatient rotations. At least during my training, inpatient rotations comprised most of the first and second years. So, I often had difficulty figuring out what to do during my days off. For example, I had some research and reading to do, but there was always this feeling that these valuable days should be really used to unwind. Usually I would read or write very little, and use the rest of the day to do something completely non-Medicine related. The temptation to spend most of the day sleeping was also significant, but it is important to get out and do something.

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What do you do on your days off ?

Discount Travel for Residency Interviews

Posted by Brian on 10/05/05 (17:57) Post a comment(0)

The AAMC has renewed an agreement with American Airlines to offer discounts for senior medical students traveling to interviews for residency programs.

Valid travel dates are October 1, 2005 - May 31, 2006.

Discount is 5%% off the lowest applicable coach fare.

Discount is not currently applicable to internet fares.

Tickets should be purchased at least seven days prior to departure in order to receive the discount.

Discounts/fares are valid for round-trip travel on American Airlines and American Eagle to your meeting destination for travel from anywhere in the contiguous 48 states, Hawaii and Canada. Seats are limited.Certain restrictions may apply. Applicable taxes and service charges may apply. Please call for details.

For reservations and ticketing information, call American Airline's Meeting Services Desk, or have your travel professional call (800) 433-1790 and reference the AAMC Index #17603

Maximizing your Conference $

Posted by Brian on 10/03/05 ( 0:26) Post a comment(0)

When planning to attend a conference here are a couple things to keep in mind:

1) Contact the conference organizer, you'd be amazed, but many will wave registration fees for those in training

2) Book flights early and use multiple search engines when doing so

3) Most hotels have their own "conference" rate which may be lower than the rate you were offered by the organizer, so contact the hotel directly, or use a service such as Expedia/Hotwire/Orbitz

4) If you're in a major city, it may be the same money or cheaper to rent a car for the duration of your stay than the additive cost of taxis to and from the conference center and to and from the airport

The heavy labcoat

Posted by leo on 10/02/05 (16:54) Post a comment(0)

I have several colleagues that have a 10lb labcoat. They have all sorts of pocketbooks, acessories, lists, rulers etc. I asked one of them how often he used that equipment. His response was simple: "almost never". I challenge you to empty your labcoat pockets and examine each item, thinking how often you have needed it. Really.

I do not carry any pocketbook with me. I use my PDA for my medication databases, and the only real pieces of equipment I need are my stethoscope and a tiny penlight. I used to carry a bunch of things in my pockets, but then I realized that carrying that much stuff really did not accomplish anything except making my feet hurt more by the end of the day.