Kyle's residency interview season begins in two weeks. Hold on tight, it's going to be quite the ride. As in, multiple flights, taxi rides and road trips to numerous cities across the Midwest, the South and the eastern seaboard. I'm beginning to accept the fate that is interview season. I went through a bit of an emotional roller coaster once interview offers began arriving in the inbox, realizing that somehow I had completely
I've now accepted the inevitable and I'm looking at the bright side: the accumulation of frequent flyer miles.
As much as I would LOVE to spill the beans, Kyle says I'm not aloud to scream from the rooftops about each location, the positives and negatives, or the quirky hospital cultures. I can, however, discuss how good their cafeteria food is (since that will be our main date spot for the next few years.) My fingers are not allowed to divulge the details until after we match (Don't hold your breath, that's not until March) At that point, I promise to tell you all about the matching process.
The upside: I'll definitely be blogging about locations that I visit with him, since I love exploring new cities! I'd also love to hear any input you may have about those cities! I'm really looking forward to visiting a few in particular. And of course, trying out their cafeteria food. That may be a 'make or break it' sort of thing.
The icing on the German chocolate cake:
- The highlighted dates are only half. News from the other programs should come trickling in within the next three weeks.
- Because the other program interview dates could be anytime, you can't book flights and organize travel until most of your dates and locations are set.
- Unfortunately, I can't go to every interview location with Kyle. For one, it's expensive. For two, I have limited vacation time.
Here is a snapshot of our schedule for the next three months. This would be a great time to pray for us ;)
For those of you who are completely confused by this point. Let me break it down:
- Apply to residency programs CHECK
- Recieve interview offers SEMI-CHECK
- Interview at programs who welcome you to come and try to impress them NEXT UP
- Rank your top choices from all of the interviews
- Hospitals/Universities rank all of their choices. For ENT, there are only 3-4 spots available at each hospital who offer the program. Most hospitals will interview around 50-100 students to fill those 3-4 spots.
- A complicated algorithm matches up the student choices with the hospital choices, always favoring the student's pick first. (similar to a sorority match)
- Match Day arrives on March 16th. Then, we open a small envelope with the rest of Kyle's class, and find out where we will be living for the next five+ years.
During this process, we will also be:
- Putting our house on the market
- Racking up frequent flyer miles
- Figuring out my work schedule
- House hunting
- Deciding on graduate school
- ENJOYING LIFE.
I have this picture from our engagement framed in my office. It's one of my all-time favorite pictures. The trees towering over us will always be present; whether that be interview season, or anything else that life never ceases to present us. However, there is always beauty to be found, always something to marvel at, something to celebrate. I want to see life the way I see this picture. I don't notice how tall or insurmountable the trees are. I notice the beauty of it all. Though this entire process, we will be doing just that. Together.