Last Friday was the official Match Day for almost every 4th year medical student in the country. For some unknown reason, ophthalmology does not participate in this match, but holds it’s own match in January. So, I already knew where I was headed for residency, but none of my friends had matched yet!
With ophthalmology and other specialties like radiology, dermatology and anesthesia, you are required to do a preliminary year or transitional year in general internal medicine. It’s good to have a year of experience in regular medicine before you dive head first into eyeballs and never look back 😉
The transitional year/intern year/preliminary year (whatever you want to call it) is part of the March match day, so even though I found out in January I matched at the Mayo Clinic for Ophthalmology I still had to wait until March to find out about my transitional year. I applied to and interviewed with completely different programs for my transitional year than I did for ophthalmology. I hoped to either stay in Indianapolis for my TY or find an ophtho program that had a built in TY that would allow me to do it at the same institution I was going to for ophtho.
Luckily, Mayo reserves spots in the internal medicine class for it’s ophthalmology residents, so I was able to preference going to Mayo Clinic for my first year. Because I knew I had only preferenced Mayo, I knew what would be in my envelope on match day… so it wasn’t as exciting for me.
BUT, it was SUPER EXCITING for all my friends!!!
On Monday, everyone got an email saying either “You matched” or “You did not match”. Then, they had to wait all week to find out where!
On Friday morning, all the 4th year medical students gathered for an informative session on how to handle all our debt and start paying off our loans. It was not fun. But, I feel better knowing what steps I can take to minimize my loan burden 🙂
Then, at 10am, each medical student was called on-stage to receive their envelope. Family and friends were invited to watch this ceremony. You weren’t allowed to open your envelope once you got it; you just had to walk off stage and hold on to it!
At noon, all of us were finally allowed to open our envelopes together! There was screaming, crying, and shouts of joy throughout the auditorium. 300 medical students had just learned where they would train for residency!
After all the envelopes were open, we each went on stage and announced to our class where we matched.
There was even a proposal on stage!!! It was perfect.
Now that match day is over, medical school is really winding down. I am about to complete my radiology rotation and will start a new rotation next week. But what’s really on my mind is weddings, moving, selling our house, and all that stuff!!!
Since my wedding is close to 1 month away (eeekkkk!!!!!!) I’m making sure to eat really healthy and get my workouts in so I feel great on my special day.
Yesterday I had greek yogurt with strawberries and a handful of puffin rice cereal for some crunch! Strawberries are coming into season and I am pumped!
I grabbed 2 turkey muffins to eat in class for lunch, but was starving when I got home around 3pm. Nothing really sounded good, but I had an avocado that needed to be eaten, so I smashed half of it onto a rice cake and added a little salt. Wow- so delicious. You should all try that today.
That wasn’t enough food obviously, so I had the rest of my almost empty greek yogurt container with 1/2 banana and some PB2.
Then I felt ready to go to the gym. Kyle went with me and we both felt really frustrated with how crowded our gym has been and how many machines are broken. My gym in Indianapolis is kind of a dump so I’m really looking forward to the Mayo gym- I hear it’s incredible!!!
Despite the crowded, dirty, broken gym I hit the elliptical for 40 minutes on a higher resistance than usual and it felt great on my legs! I finished with some abs with the medicine ball and some medicine ball push-ups (I love those!)
Kyle and I came home and made dinner. I ended up having some deli turkey rolled up with mustard and a laughing cow cheese, green beans, and some sweet potato fries. Not a bad dinner in my mind!
Today, I’m off to class this morning and this afternoon…… drumroll please….. I’m getting a new computer!!!!!! I was going to sell my computer back to apple and use the money toward a refurbished Macbook Air, but Kyle was able to sell my laptop on eBay for double what apple was going to give me! Woo woo!! I have one day to get everything off my old computer and ship it to it’s new owner!
Have a great day everyone!