It’s hard to believe it, but we’re here. We’re fully into 4th year.
Rob has applied for residencies and has received his interviews. Eeeeeeee!!!
How did we get here so fast?!?!
Well, honestly, it hasn’t actually felt that fast going through the day to day, especially that stupid 3rd year (grrrr…). But as they say, the days are long, but the years are short.
If you’re curious about the breakdown of how this whole medical school then residency thing works, check out this cool blog post I found: The End of Medical School.
Rob has his first interview this Friday and then he’s officially on what I’m calling “Le tour de Rob.” He has about two interviews a week until January, excluding a couple weeks here and there for holidays.
Greet, smile, try not to be awkward or say something stupid, then do it again.
Like 10 more times.
It’s going to be busy, but I’m excited none-the-less for this next chapter.
I really wish that I could go to some of these interviews with him, but alas, work, ya know? I love to travel and visit other places, but I also want to “feel” them out for myself. Could it be home for the next 4 years or possibly longer?
In the past, I didn’t have as much say in where we were going, so I’m taking this opportunity to voice what I feel would be best for us as a family as well as for my own health and sanity.
I’ve decided not to announce the places that Rob will interview, to protect his privacy and not get hopes up. 🙂 I promise I’ll post what I can when I can!
Each speciality recommends a different amount of interviews. Rob is going into Family Medicine, which is less competitive, so he doesn’t have to fit it as many interviews. Medical schools push you to apply for A LOT of programs and take as many interviews as you can.
They do this because not matching into a residency is bad news. From what we’re told, you basically have to wait around another year and apply again. By that time, you’re a out of the game, not receiving financial aid, and would be emotionally down-trodden. The more you apply and interview, the more likely you are to match.
To put it in perspective, Rob applied for about 25 programs and accepted about 14 interviews. Some of our friends that are interested in competitive residencies (like surgery or dermatology) applied for 50+ programs and I have no idea how many interviews they will try to squeeze in. Yeeshers!
It’s a crazy game, but that’s what med school is from the start. A big, crazy, stress-fest that does everything in it’s power to scramble brains and suck out life-force.
A friend of mine shared a blog post the other day that really struck me called “A Letter To Mom’s Whose Partners Work Long Hours” and I wanted to share here, so hopefully it will reach as many others as possible that need this encouragement.
I plan on printing it out and putting it on my fridge.
So what happens from here? Well, Rob interviews until mid-January then we rank the programs. We submit our priority list and then we wait.
The big day is March 18th at 12:00pm ET. That’s Match Day for most residencies across the US.
We’ll gather that day at that time with all our 4th year friends at school. It’s a whole thing. They pass out the envelopes and everyone opens them at the same time.
I’m happy with all the places Rob will interview, so I think Match Day will be a great day of celebration. I’m pretty excited!
Keep us in your thoughts as Rob travels here and there, smiles big, speaks well, and the universe moves us a bit closer to our next adventure.