Sunday, March 6, 2011

Medical Investing

With a little work directed appropriately our efforts will pay off in the end. It is a matter of making the initial investment that determines the success we obtain. As Benjamin Franklin said, "An investment in knowledge pays the best interest."

Seeking Dividends

There are definitely times when it becomes difficult as a student to see the finish line. We question everything we are doing and wonder if it makes any sense at all. Think just for a second, how many people do you know would pay thousands of dollars to work for free, be given endless hours of study responsibility, and be deprived of leisure or sleep for four years? I thought it was funny when my attending recently commented that nobody pays to go to work and that it just wouldn't make sense for people to invest like that. In good humor I rose my hand and said that I do, to which he quickly replied that my situation was different. I disagree, however. My time, money and resources are currently being invested in my education so that one day I can realize a lifelong goal and reap the accrued interest.

Unfortunately, we are not educated in school as to the inner workings of medical business. Most of that must be learned in practice or from personal research. As far as finances go, there are some wise decisions to be made, assuming you know what those are. One of my favorite places to get money-wise information for the medical professional is at PoorMD. From one who has been there and done that, the author gives great financial advice that is easy to implement at any stage of practice. It's just a matter of seeing now the potential our investments could have latter, and taking advantage of those opportunities.

Question of the Week

A 4-month-old male presents with twitching of the facial muscles. He has previously been seen for several severe episodes of Candida infections. On examination, the child has low-set ears, hypertelorism, and a shortened philtrum. What additional findings would be likely in this individual?

A. Prominent telangiectasias around the eyes
B. Decreased alpha-fetoprotein
C. Decreased IgA levels
D. Elevated IgM levels
E. Absent thymic shadow on chest x-ray

Answer & Explanation

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