Match Day certainly represents a new beginning. Is there anything more exciting? Students and institutions have their varied ways of celebrating Match Day; many have recorded them in blog posts. The University of South Florida memorialized “match madness” at the Morsani College of Medicine with a blog post featuring video, photos, interviews, and much more. A slide show on Flickr accompanies the post. Thanks to Elizabeth Peacock, digital media manager in the USF Health Office of Communications, for sending it along.
Michelle Kerr, a fourth-year medical student at Indiana University of Medicine, blogs at White Coat Wednesdays. She recorded her Match Day experience with a post headline that trumpets the hashtag: “#iMatched!” Noting that “words cannot do the day justice,” Kerr includes a video clip of the big moment and offers this sage advice: “Do not chew gum before opening your Match Day envelope.” She will be a pediatric neurology resident at Seattle Children’s Hospital at the University of Washington. We hope she keeps blogging and takes us along on her journey.
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles celebrated the day with a post on its ResearCHLA Blog that includes reflections from current residents. One noted the big adjustment from student to caregiver, while another recounted bonding with a patient over a reality TV show during a quiet evening in the hospital. Both advise new residents to take time for themselves, even if it’s just five minutes a day. Thanks to Media Liaison Jennifer Jing for bringing it to our attention.
Fourth-year student Sarah Gardner reported on her experience with the residency application process for the University of Vermont College of Medicine blog, calling it a “wild ride” and noting the logistical craziness that accompanies the extensive travel and interviews. Attending happy hours with current residents is particularly fraught: “You think way too hard about what the residents will think about you if you have a beer, and then you think way too hard about what the residents will think about you if you don’t have a beer,” she writes. We’ll be looking for an update to find out where she matched!
Aside from the excitement of Match Day, teaching and learning did go on in institutions across the country in March. Vincent, an M3 at Loma Linda University, wrote about the difficult moments that can confront health care providers in his post entitled “4/10,” a reference to a Bible passage that is meaningful to him. He likens the pursuit of a medical education to a “life-changing addiction” as he goes about his responsibilities wracked with pain after having his wisdom teeth removed, and offers this post as a tribute to the friends who encourage and support him. The dentist may have taken the teeth, but he didn’t take the wisdom.
Eve Purdy, a fourth-year medical student at Queen’s School of Medicine in Canada, blogs at Manu et Corde. Her March 12 post, “A medical student’s guide to owning your learning experience,” contains solid recommendations for students who want to make the most of their education. Among other things, she urges readers to set learning goals, embrace being wrong, and bring something to the table.
Finally, Friend of Wing of Zock Dalya Munves is back at it, blogging at The Health Scout. Now a third-year medical student, she observes in her March 10 post, “Fun with Rounding!” that “rounds match the personalities of the people in that specialty… Nephrologists all seem to be geniuses who can evaluate weeks of labs in a few seconds.” Munves is a talented cartoonist who gets straight to the heart of the matter with her drawings, such as the one that accompanied this post.
Chart Review is a monthly roundup of posts from blogs about academic medicine, whether from the perspective of student, resident, faculty member, dean, or administrator. Medical schools and teaching hospitals provide fertile ground for innovative responses to health care challenges. We are pleased to highlight some of the best here, and hope you will send us your favorites as well. As always, we encourage cross-posting.