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residency, dungeons and dragons

So my residency rank list was finalized last night at 9pm.  It is no longer in my hands.  Now some computer algorithm written by a guy who undoubtedly still plays Dungeons and Dragons will determine my future.  Note I didn’t say Advanced Dungeons and Dragons because that would have tipped some of you off that I once played–when I was 11 years old.  Okay 16.  Okay, last week.   

For those of you who are interested, I have attached a copy of the report published this year by the NRMP (National Resident Matching Program–the peeps who figure out where medical students go for residency) of a survey they took of residency program directors on what they look for in residency applicants.  For those of you who aren’t in medicine, this can give you an idea of which specialties attract the most anal-retentive students (i.e. the specialties where high scores in everything is important) and which specialties attract the slacker medical students who wouldn’t be able to get into any other specialty.  For those of you in medical school and thinking about residency, this might actually be helpful in planning out what you will need to focus on (I wish I had a copy of this several years ago).  And for those of you who already finished medical school, it might be fun to look this over and realize that you never would have made it into your specialty had you been applying this year as opposed to ten years ago.


2 Responses to “residency, dungeons and dragons”

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    Hope it all goes well — but at least it is all out of your hands now and you can no longer over-analyze the decision.

    I always find it interesting how medical schools boast how XX percent of their students match into their top choice program, when in reality so many students are actually not ranking their TRUE top choice at the top of their rank list because they do not think they will get in (case in point — my husband — who did not get the feeling that he would match where I am located, but did get the warm and fuzzies from the residency coordinator at another program he liked, and thus ranked them at the top of the list, since he didn’t want to ‘waste’ his top choice). So he, of course, falls into the percentage of those matching at the top choice, while in reality, it was not his true top choice at all since he wussed out in the end.

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    Well, all wussiness aside, I think there is something to be said for going to a program and working with people that want you to work there enough that they would go out of their way to spread the warm and fuzzies. It’s tough to figure out how much to weigh that though. I nonetheless suspect that your husband will be very happy at his program.

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