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.