So You’ve Matched, Congratulations!

16 Feb

Remember The Moment

There’s still a lot to do at this point, but mostly one can really take the time to breathe deeply and relax, and remember the moment that you matched.  I remember the morning of the match email very vividly, I was just waking up when I looked at my phone that had about 10 text messages waiting for me, I was surprised because it was 0700 mountain time and I thought the match email didn’t go out til around 11am or 12. It turns out it had been out for an hour already because I immediately went to my email and was shocked to see the email sitting there.  Nervously I pushed the open button and there it was, an email congratulating me and listing my #1 choice as where I will spend my next 4 years.  I called one of my best friends and I remember bawling in happiness, shock and joy that I got my #1 choice.  It turns out that match day was also the same day as my birthday and it couldn’t have been better.  I think my phone ran out of battery by about 10am that morning there were so many conversations being sent back and forth.  It’s a day I won’t forget and it’s one I go back to frequently when I am questioning my choice of residency.  I am reminded by the fact that I chose my residency and my residency chose me and for that I will always be grateful.

What’s Next?

After you match and celebrate there’s a lot of wondering about how to spend that time.  I found this article published in TheDO recently to be very helpful in giving advice to those wondering what to do with the time between matching and starting residency. It discusses the debate between thinking you should kick back, relax and just complete the next few months without much thought, or to buckle down and start studying everything imaginable about the field you’ve matched to.  My point of view, as an intern and recently in your same shoes is to do a combo of both.  I took more of the kick back approach and didn’t do much.  I read a little on very common subjects but very little.  My program sent me a packet of articles to read, most of which I had read and known cold while on audition rotations earlier in the year so I skimmed them and was done.  I had a cardiology rotation and a NICU rotation left by the time I had matched which were both a cake walk at that point and required little reading.

What would I have done if I went back in time?  I would have thoroughly read those articles, highlighting and taking notes.  I would have brushed up on my little handbook for ob/gyn.  I still would have played and done as much traveling and kicking back as I could have and done, however, I did have a lot of downtime on planes and what not that I could have put more effort into reviewing articles.  I don’t think I started my intern year without enough knowledge to get by but I definitely found myself having to look up a lot of stuff that I knew I had down cold 6 months prior and some stuff that I realized I never knew well.  For example, as a resident, in comparison to a student you have to know your medication doses and intervals – something I rarely paid attention to as a student.

So, review some, play a lot. Enjoy the time before residency because you really do not get much time off as a resident, and even the time you get off the ones you may want to spend it with may not be available.

A few more things to do and not forget about while sipping your margarita on the beach:

  • Sign your new residency contract!
  • Turn in/Sign every document you’re mailed to your new residency program coordinator ASAP!
  • Email/Call your new co-interns, these will be your new BFFs!
  • Find housing!
    • Talk to the current residents about what works for them, they may know more than the coordinators since they’re the ones commuting every day at various hours.
    • Don’t hesitate to ask them to do a drive by a place you’re considering if you’re not close before traveling.
  • Complete all requirements from your medical school for graduation and graduate!

What’s coming:

Another article from Wellness Rounds that I enjoyed, How to be the Best Intern in the Hospital



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