So I guess I’m a doctor now…

Hey everyone! I’ve been meaning to write an update for a while now, and I haven’t quite gotten around to it yet, so here goes!

It’s 1 July 2015, the date that all of my med school professors loved to threaten us with. I lost count of how many times someone said “You know, when 1 July 2015 rolls around, you’re going to need to know what to do!”

I am officially a resident, and adjusting to introducing myself to people as “doctor.” For those who haven’t been following along from home, here’s where I stand now:

  • I matched to a civilian deferral in the military match (December 2014).
  • Several friends matched to military programs, for internships or full residencies, in all three branches.
  • I then completed the NRMP main residency match (civilian match) in March 2015
  • And I matched to a 4-year OB/GYN position at a civilian institution in the state where I attended medical school.
  • Now I am finishing up orientation and starting my actual OB/GYN residency!

I’ve got a few more posts in the works, and I’ll be back soon to talk about the adjustment from medical school to residency, but here’s what I’ve got so far:

  • How hard your fourth year is can vary A LOT depending on your school and your specialty. For some students, fourth-year is basically a vacation. At other schools, or for students going into other specialties, fourth-year is packed with 30-hour call shifts and brutal pimp sessions.
  • Moving is always more expensive and more time-consuming than you think it will be. Throw away anything you don’t NEED in residency. Those slacks that you bought for your M1 “Intro to Doctoring” course that are faded and stretched and don’t really fit anymore? Yeah, I’m talking about those. Chuck them. Now.
  • Some of your colleagues may not match into their specialty of choice, or may match somewhere far down on their rank list. Try to be sensitive with your excitement about the match.
  • There is nothing more annoying than someone asking you how you’re enjoying your “super-chill fourth year” when you are 26 hours into a 30-hour shift, you have spent all of your days off this rotation going to interviews so you haven’t had an actual day off in over a month, and you can’t remember the last time you ate a meal that didn’t come out of a) the pockets of your white coat, b) the nutrition room in the hospital, or c) the hospital cafeteria’s “limited service” station.

For those of you who are just embarking on this process, what questions do you have? What scares you about the next year? What are you looking forward to?

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