Today was the Match, that day when everyone entering a residency finds out where they are going to be living for the next 3-5 years. Like many things in medicine, the Match is hard to explain, but Katie’s written a good run-down of the process. Suffice it to say that it must be pretty scary to put your fate in the hands of the Great Computer in the Sky, everything works itself out somehow or other. Congratulations to everyone who matched today!
As second-years, our news is not quite as exciting: we’ve (finally) picked rotation groups! My school does it by lottery. You can enter with up to three other people, your group gets assigned a number, and at your designated time you show up at a conference room with the Lord High Muckety Muck. You get to see who has signed up before you before making your decision. It’s very stressful, very high-energy. But now that the selection is over, I’m really pleased with the way it turned out. My group is Team Awesome — all very supportive people — which is important because you spend the entire year with your group of 15.
We still don’t have our site assignments yet, but the big decisions are all made.