After your four years of medical school, new doctors all across the nation take the step into residency programs, practicing medicine under the supervision of a more experienced physician.
But near the end of that fourth year, students all across the nation are “matched” to programs all across the nation, telling them and their families where that residency education will take place. The Blade covers the story well today.
But I’ll admit, even as health care is a prime national topic of conversation, even as the students’ medical specialities tell compelling and complex stories about medical care in this nation, I really enjoy Match Day for reasons having nothing to do with medicine.
Check out this video, put together by UT New Media Specialist Chris Ankney:
I have the barest inkling of the work that goes into becoming a doctor. The pressure, the stress, the exhaustion. No doubt emotions that are mirrored in the preparation for many different careers. But at Match Day, there is a collective catharsis that sweeps the room that you don’t get from the private, quiet successes in other career fields.
As great as the reactions of the students are, I found myself watching the eyes and faces of family members as they watched the med students open their letters and learn their fate. I enjoyed very much watching the pleasure of girlfriends and boyfriends, wives and husbands, and parents and friends as they watched this extraordinary transition from a closed envelop to an open one.
Congrats to all on this exciting stage in your journey and a special shout out to my fellow Ontario High School alum on his placement. Well done, NP.