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...

Friday, December 7, 2012

Internet Sensation and Christmas Comes Early

This is the same video I posted the other day...but this time instead of being on the local news, our lab made it to the CBS news website!!!

See it here.

And introducing the newest member of the family, my Dad's new dog, Bella!  An early Christmas present from me and Jeff :)

She's the sweetest puppy ever!  She is an 11 month old lab/shepherd mix that we rescued from the shelter.  Already learning "sit," "fetch," and to potty outside.  I can't believe she sat in a shelter for 6 months- she is really a great dog and I can't wait to puppy-sit in the future!

While Bella is still technically a puppy, there were so many other wonderful adult dogs available for adoption at the various shelters we visited.  It's so sad how many sit there for months or years just because someone wants a tiny puppy or a designer dog they can dress up.  I wish more people would at least consider adopting a shelter dog (or cat!) when looking for a new pet- they'll love you forever!