And just like that…months of interviews have finally drawn to a close! It almost seems like yesterday I was anxiously awaiting interview notifications. Now I’ve got several interviews under my belt and I think it’s safe to say that I have reached interview fatigue. I had a great time visiting different cities across the U.S. and got to tour different hospitals.
It definitely starts to blend together though. I couldn’t tell you much about a program that I interviewed with in late October (it’s the end of January now). I would advise against writing up a giant spreadsheet with all these different weighted categories. Let’s be honest here. Intern year is going to be hard regardless of where you go. Things like what type of X+Y system the program, how long call is, the number of hospital beds, etc., don’t really matter at the end of the day. What I have been doing is that as soon as my interview at a hospital is done, I place it on the running list of where I think it compares with the other programs. So basically I end up with a pseudo-rank list.
I think I’ve taken one of the last steps of my medical school career. It’s been a hard but rewarding journey. Believe me when I say that medical school blows by. It’s funny because many people have told me that you truly start learning in residency. So onto the next one: MATCH DAY.