Monday, March 12, 2012

Match Day



Today is The Day for all medical graduates.  They learned where the medical residency will take them: specialty, hospital, region...  Actually, correction, information for Monday is limited to match/ didn't match, in other words, did they get in or not. And they have to wait until Friday to learn the specialty, hospital, region. It's a culmination of the process that starts in July: obtaining all documents, letters, submitting everything to Eras, applying for the programs, waiting to be invited to the interviews, flying all over the country to the interviews, choosing what's best and ranking it while programs choose and rank candidates on their end, and finally, The Match Day. 
There are no words to express the fillings that overwhelmed someone during this process: from saddest  (when one didn't match) to happiest in the whole world when at 9:00AM (Pacific time in our case) that so long awaited e-mail crawled into our in-box: "Congratulations!" 
I am familiar first skin with both feelings. Been there and done that. Therefore I want to Congratulate everyone, who matched and is eagerly waiting until Friday to find out where to. Take you time, celebrate and have some fun (there will be no time during residency, especially first year).  I am very happy for some of our friend that just send us a note with the great news! Congratulations is not enough when someone knows what did you go through all this nerve twisting 8-9 months. We will have some wine or champagne tonight! Cheers!
I also want to tell everyone, who didn't make it this time: Please, do not give up!  Learn from this experience, make a strategic plan and work it out. Take some time to rest, but don't bury yourself into a pity. You are not alone, there is always friend who is willing to help. Cheer up!


Until next time,
Cowboy Country Vegetarian

9 comments:

  1. I had no idea that match day even existed but I can imagine it's a huuuge day for some! :)

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    1. It does exist and it's a dig day... or not... It's been two years since my husband went through all of this, but I still remember my emotions (in both cases). When I spoke to some of my friends today I felt what they are going through just the same way we did 2 years back. First year (when he didn't match) I wanted to cry, and I think I did, I wanted to scream, punch, break,... fill the blank. Second time, when he did match I had almost the same feelings: I wanted to cry, scream (which I did in the middle of the meeting at work when I got his phone call), punch, jump. It is still very alive in my emotions and I don't think it will ever be forgotten. Thank you, Lorraine!

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    2. Sorry, I meant a Big day...:)

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  2. I didn't really know that about Match Day - such an informational post, Marina! ^^ I bet that its very exciting (in both good and bad ways)!

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  3. Very good! Congratulations!!!! Let me know where-))))

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    1. Thank you. My husband is already in the residency, we went through the process two years ago...:) Today is the day for some of our friends. I know what are they going through... Hard to forget this experience!

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  4. What a nice message to all your new doctor friends :) I didn't meet my husband till residency, so I missed this tense time.

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    1. You got lucky then! :) Thank you Lizzy for coming here!

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Your warm comments put a smile on my heart.