So I wish I had better news to share. My early match was unsuccessful. It hurt not to match after that effort, and I raged a bit about my #1 that had been seemingly salivating all over me. They said I was in their top 5 but not top 2 because, for one thing, "they didn't want to interfere with my marriage". @#$%^%$^%!
Now, should anyone have any doubt that there are last vestiges of mysogyny in medicine: Do you think they would have been worried about "interfering" with a male applicant's marriage? My guess is that are also concerned about the "interference" of pregnancy.
Aside from that, I learned the truth behind not putting all your eggs in one basket. I had really limited my choices by geography, and in a year where nearly 100 people (nearly 30% of total applicants for about 250 spots) didn't match, that wasn't the best strategy.
BUT, this turn of events has a silver lining. I now can stay in the same city while my husband finished his last year of residency.Another thing is that while I love that field clinically, I know that I need a career that is clincial plus. Plus what? Still unsure- doubtful academic research, but policy, administration, quality control interest me greatly. It would be nice to use that MPH after all. And that "plus" includes a family life, too. Which we'd like to get started on ASAP.
I'm actually re-thinking the lifestyle aspect and now thinking more seriously about EM. (Music to Popcorn's ears!)
I still have options to scramble for prelim surg or med here, but I don't think I'll take them. For one thing, they would not necessarily help me if I still want ENT next year (see my post under specialities for more info). Plus, I do want a chance to get pregnant this year and I refuse to do that in an internship. Then we can pick and move together (hopefully closer to our families) for our respective residency and fellowhsip.
I have 4 job interviews this week ranging from ENT research, EM research, quality control, and medical education. If I don't stick to ENT this year, I may be kissing it goodbye, but I may be ok with that trade-off.
doc K, i am so sorry to hear about this!
it makes me so mad that they actually told you that they don't want to intereferer with your marriage! that sounds so discriminatory and illegal! i can't believe that they dind't at least come up with something else! i guess they just "know" that someone isn't going to sue them also becuase that is grounds for a lawsuit!! and you are right, they would have never said htat to a man! that makes me sooo mad!
so are you going to reeenter this match next year? i am a 2nd year and am not sure how this works.
thanks for sharing too! :grouphug:
Oh, just thought about this- any way you could do a fellowship with NIH or CDC? I seem to remember something about postgrad positions with them - I don't know what city it would be, but that would put your MPH to work, too.
I'm a third-year and so not stressing about match _yet_ but I'm beginning to really think about residencies. I really want to do g-surg and didn't know if I was crazy or what because of the demands on my time, but there seem to be a number of future surgeons on this board! How are you guys planning on managing? I have an 8-year-old daughter who is NOT thrilled about the idea of mom working 100 hour weeks....oops, I mean 80-hour...because everyone follows the rules, right?
Thanks for any input,
Shannon at UCSD