>Rank Lists: Final Thoughts
>Final residency rank lists were due this week, and after about 6 weeks of angst, these are my final thoughts on the whole process of applying, interviewing and ranking
- As I posted a while back (see tag Red vs Blue), despite viewing several more programs since, it all really came down to two programs for the number one spot. I waffled for quite a while, swapping the two programs back and forth from the top slot multiple times. In the end, I went with Red over Blue. After much thought and discussion with V, what it came down to was not so much why Red was a better, but rather, why was I NOT ranking Red first. I knew Red was the better program, but I realized I was kinda afraid of that. Everyone, myself included, who rotated at Red, absolutely loved them and planned to rank them among the tops of their list. So I think what was holding me back was being afraid of being rejected. I loved this program but what if they didn’t love me back? But then I grew a pair, and remembered that hey, if you don’t rank them, then you’ll never know. So really, thats what it came down to. I think I knew all along that I preferred Red to Blue, but it just took a while for me to be okay with idea of NOT matching with Red if I listed them first.
- There are a LOT of good people going into EM. I really enjoyed getting to know some of these people at interviews and dinners. Hopefully our paths will cross again in the future.
- There are definitely some weird peeps going into EM as well. These people might have rocked their step I’s, but I couldn’t imagine ever wanting to work with these people on a day to day basis.
- Being “recruited” is very flattering. I recall at one point a chief from one program on one arm, a chief from another on the other arm, pulling me in two opposite directions “Come to Red!” ” No, come to Maroon!”
- I wasn’t sold on the 4 years is better than 3 year programs. Sure, you might get a little more experience, but no matter what, you aren’t going to see everything. So regardless of that extra year, you’re going to have to be able to cope with a novel situation at some point in your career.
- 12 hours shifts are a real turn off
- I’d be perfectly happy matching at any of my top six choices, which takes a lot of the stress out of it. Actually the hardest part of this whole process was that ALL the programs seemed really great. I didn’t interview anywhere that I didn’t like. I never had a “no way” feeling after an interview. In a way, I wish I did.
(I know the colors don’t mean anything to anyone, but after the match March 17th, I’ll come back and put names with the colors).