Four years, many class exams, 3 major national boards (and 2 more to come), lots of study, time, travel and nearly done with elective rotations....and we arrive at those tender, sanctified 3 annular weeks. It is time for "match"
Today, all applicants around the country (and perhaps the world) will submit to the match folks their "list" of preferences for programs. At the same time, the programs will submit their "ordered" list of students. Between now and the 12th of March, a batch of computers running a program that is more highly guarded than the formula for Coke, will make life decisions for everyone and "match" applicants with PGY1 residency slots and programs.
I can't tell you how much energy is expended on this process from the applicants end. I'm only 1/50,000 of the applicant bodies involved, each of us making a list and agonizing over each addition... the who, what, where, when and whys run like fluid through the brain. It's what these last 4 years have been about. And it's comforting to know that many of my brothers and sister MS-4's and graduates will get in with little more than high test scores, a cute smile and no healthcare experience.
Yet in the end, it'll be what it is and the more I release control, the more satisfied I am with my application at What-A-Burger.