out of my hands

February 22, 2007

also, it’s national ‘match rank list is due today!’ day. some giant supercomputer (or just some laptop somewhere) is crunching the numbers, lining up the choices of senior medical students with those of all the residency programs. my (short) list has been in for a long time. i am not going to say outright where i want to end up, but keeping in mind that

a) josh is already an intern in the area


b) i don’t really like change

— it becomes pretty obvious what i would like to happen in march. however, as long as i match to one of the programs on my (short, very short) list, i will be happy. thrilled, actually. we get to find out on monday, march 12 (my mother’s birthday! she’s turning 29 again!) if we have matched and on thursday, march 15 exactly where.

the next 3 years of my life will be set in stone. i can’t wait!


  • Reply Brent February 22, 2007 at 11:40 pm

    The whole medical school matching thing has fascinated me ever since I learned about it, since it's actually an application of a particular theorem in combinatoric graph theory, which was proven in 1962. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stable_matching. That page refers to the algorithm being "male-optimal" and "female-pessimal"; apparently the algorithm as used to match med students with residency programs was originally "residency-optimal" but was switched around sometime in the '80s to be "student-optimal". Anyway, good luck!!

  • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger February 23, 2007 at 1:06 am

    student-optimal is DEFINITELY preferable if you ask me! i'm glad they changed it!

  • Reply who else? February 23, 2007 at 2:02 pm

    It's not too late to do an intern year and then be a radiologist…or maybe a radiation oncologist…

  • Reply A February 23, 2007 at 2:02 pm

    is steven maturin still alive, by the way?

  • Reply sleepless February 23, 2007 at 2:48 pm

    Can you tell that my husband has only had one job this week? He doesn't know what to do with all of his free time, so he thought he'd give you some unsolicited (but good) advice 🙂

  • Reply Bridgette February 23, 2007 at 3:39 pm

    Good luck! I can't wait to hear about your adventures in residency in the near future. It'll give me something to dream about…

  • Reply doctorsquared February 23, 2007 at 8:20 pm

    Good luck! I know you'll match wherever you want – any program would be stupid not to rank you highly! 🙂

  • Reply atilla February 24, 2007 at 3:13 am

    I can't wait to hear. we're counting the days

  • Reply Anonymous February 25, 2007 at 1:27 am

    I will keep my fingers crossed for you.

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