For those of you who are in medical school and those of you who have already graduated, I think we all know what it was like to apply to medical school. From the application to waiting for interviews, it was a very stressful time and we were always told that the hardest part of medical school was getting in, right? But then there was Step/Level 1, which we were also told was the most stressful part of medical school. Going into the first three years, I felt like I was always warned about the most stressful times but I don’t think anything prepared me for the period of time between residency applications and when we actually match in February/March.
Depending on your specialty of choice, you may hear sooner or later about interviews than your friends and classmates. Every conversation about interviews either makes you feel bad because you didn’t get the same number of interviews or make the other person feel bad for the same reason. People will post on social media about how many they’ve received and you are happy for them but a little bubble of doubt may creep into your confidence.
It’s a very interesting point in time we are in and I am reassured by many interns and residents that there is a very large light at the end of the tunnel. Until then, many of us are finishing up our audition rotations (2-4 weeks at the programs we are interested in) and many will begin the interview trail soon. So far, it’s been such an amazing experience traveling to other programs and working in the specialty of my choice. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I am so grateful for the experience. But, I don’t think I can rest easy until interviews are finished and we get to rank our top programs. And then…we wait. February 5th and March 16th can’t come soon enough!