March is an exciting time across the Yale campus!
For the first time in history Yale has one a game in the NCAA. In addition to basketball tournaments March has the residency match and is decision time for our medical school applicants (+ St. Patricks Day and the start of baseball season).
The pressure we put on our medical school and residency applicants matches that of March Madness. I recall the stress and thrills of match season over a decade ago and medical school selection four years before that. I felt like I was the Cinderella team (as did many of my peers). We could not believe we were fortunate enough to advance to the next phase in our pursuit to become doctors. The next few “matches” for fellowship and my attending position where similar experiences. Now that I am off the cycle of 3-4 years of “training” to test my luck in the “march madness of medicine” I enjoy watching from the sidelines. I am lucky to have a role as an individual who interviews applicants and I feel this generation is in a league of its own. They all seem to have publications as elementary students and grants in college. I am waiting to see the Nobel Prize on an application soon.
Am I getting old or are students getting better, stronger and younger?
While many physicians (including myself) are frustrated by some components of modern academic medicine today is a day to be “cup half full”. On a day like to day I am proud to be an academic physician and of our US medical training system. While we struggle with financing, grants drying up and the challenges of EPIC let’s all take a moment to celebrate the Classes of 2016 and Pediatricians who will graduate in 2019 and PEM fellows in 2022 (how scary is that)!
CONGRATULATIONS to pediatrics programs across the country and the future PEM, pediatricians and sub-specialists of tomorrow. We often feel LUCKY to have people decide to go into peds and see this as an “upset” as they did not pick one of the DREAM residency (that have max lifestyle and $$$). However, remember PEM attendings are the happiest of all sub specialists so in reality WE ARE LIVING THE DREAM!!
This year I was excited to see on the AAP site that in the 2016 Match, Pediatric filled 99.5% of all positions. U.S. senior medical students comprised 67.5% of all offered pediatric positions (Not that this is a competition, but family medicine filled 95.2% of all offered positions; internal medicine filled 97.9%; and OB/GYN filled 99.4%)
What do you recall about match day?
What was your best match memory?
Please add your comments!
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