While graduating from medical school will be one of the most thrilling moments of your life, it also comes with a daunting set of responsibilities for which new grads are often unprepared. Many of these newfound obligations are centered around the student debt associated with that shiney, new medical degree, but that does not necessarily mean that former students need to live like paupers until their loans are repaid.
Managing Personal Costs
One of the biggest problems encountered by new physicians is balancing personal expenses with those professional costs that can demand a large part of a new grad’s income. However, there are a few ways for new doctors to save cash without having to compromise their budgets. For instance, new doctors overloaded with student debt may not need to share a home with a roommate or move back in with their parents, but renting a small, affordable apartment may be advisable. Similarly, there is nothing wrong with rewarding yourself with a nice vacation or a bigger purhase than you usually splurge on, assuming that it is within responsible limits. In short, there are many ways to make your post-med school life more enjoyable without ending up even deeper in debt; careful planning and cautious spending make it possible to have a good time and relieve the stress of an intense work environment without ending up in financial crisis.
Addressing Professional Expenses
Between testing and licensing fees, equipment and a professional wardrobe, the early years of any doctor’s career can leave them feeling a bit overextended. However, careful planning and self-control can ease the sticker shock of the first few years. While the fees to legally practice medicine are quite inalterable, doctors can take other measures to save cash. For instance, rather than replacing damaged equipment, take the time to research endoscope repair companies.
Making the Costs Count
Physicians who are dedicated to their new professions will find a way to make the difficult years count. Most importantly, never get in over your head or fail to ask for the help you need.