Saturday, December 8, 2012

Screw you, residency

I've about had it with residency and its associated costs.  Jeff may already have an MD behind his name, but he's not making "doctor" money yet.  Fine by me.  But I get downright angry when we have to pay for doctor-related expenses out of our residency-level budget.

For example, recent expenses:

Orthopaedic Board Exam fee- $1,040
Sports Medicine weekend course- $500

Seriously?  We just paid for both of those things in the last 2 days.  I don't want to think about how long it took us to save up that much money, and how quickly it was wiped out.

And that Board Exam fee?  What a racket!  It's an online test!  What exactly costs so much that they have to charge EVERY ortho resident over $1000?  Please, anyone?  I'd really like to know.  Granted, the Sports Medicine course was elective.  But due to Jeff's less than stellar sports medicine opportunities during his residency he felt like it would really be helpful to go to before he starts his fellowship next year.  So we both agreed it would be a worthwhile expense...even though I was grumbling under my breath that residents should be able to attend for free or at a much lower cost.

Speaking of fellowship...we spent over $5,000 on interview expenses.

Grumble, grumble...


  1. It's infuriating, I know! And they still have to pay for CME's after they become an attending, but at least we're making money now. You'll survive. The money is there at the end and after paying back all the loans in lump sums. It's there. It's just takes WAY too long and WAY TOO MUCH patience!!!

    1. I always like hearing the "it gets better" comments!

  2. It is infuriating, I am with you! My husband's boards weren't online which meant he had to travel out of state to take them. So we paid for the exam, travel expenses, and then the conference fees. And isn't it nice that they happen right before Christmas instead of after. One day we won't scratch our eyes out over this, or so they say. I hope Emma above is right!

  3. I feel you pain. Also buying expensive books, loops, medical school debt etc. If the programs are going to pay such low salaries it seems like they should cover some of these expenses!

  4. I second all of the is sickening how much these residents have to put forth financially for their career that is beyond their control and mandatory costs, not to mention what they put forth physically everyday. Yes they say one day it will (should?) all be worth it but it is so hard to see the light at the end!


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