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Match Day

I was gone most of the day with the wife as today is “Match Day”. Across the country every fourth year medical student is preparing to graduate but Match Day might be a more exciting event than the commencement ceremony as all of these students who are going to become officially doctors in a month or two find out where they are going to be residents for the next 3 to 7 years. We waited with our daughter in a very crowded ballroom and after a countdown everyone opened an envelope with the name of the program they will be joining.

It is a pretty surreal moment for us. Today we also saw for the first time our daughter’s name with “MD” behind it, even though she isn’t technically an MD quite yet.

The entire process of applying to medical school, admissions and then applying to residency programs is very odd as it is coordinated across every medical school in the country, and today all of those almost-MDs found out more or less simultaneously where they would be practicing medicine for the next chapter in their lives.

It was a very exciting and emotional day for us!


  1. TakeAHardLook

    Congrats to your daughter and to you too. I recall my Match and the weeks and years afterward. Exciting times ahead!

    A concern is that a goodly number of Residencies are in University-type hospitals located in inner cities, many in not-so-nice parts of town. I hope that you will, proactively, take the steps needed to keep her “situationally aware” (without chilling her experience or creating unnecessary fears) and able to keep herself safe.

    You know what I’m saying here.

    A fun suggestion: read “The House of God” by Samuel Shem, a light-hearted and irreverent romp thru a big-city “St. Elsewhere” charity hospital. When done, give it to your daughter (like she’ll have time to read novels….).

    Score extra points if she’s going into Internal Medicine.

    • Berglander

      Working in Hennepin County turned a former girlfriend from “everyone is equal” to “Nuke Somalia” in about two months.
      Being exposed to other races makes Whites appreciate Whites.

  2. Bear in Indy

    All the best to her, and you and your family. An Awesome achievement. Thank you for sharing. So, there may be hope, at least where she goes.
    God Bless.
    Bear in Indy

  3. Filthie

    While the daughter and womenfolk revel in the accomplishment and carry on…Us guys must take a quick, furtive moment to celebrate and toast the REAL author of this success!

    Congratulations, Art! You were obviously a wonderful and inspiring father. Great kids are not possible without great dads! You have done a spectacular job. ☺️👍

    Best of luck to your new MD.

  4. Ohio Copperhead

    Best of luck to her! I sincerely pray that she doesn’t get stuck in an innercity infirmary where SHE would have a good chance of being mugged or worse going back to her car at the end of the day.

  5. Tactless Wookie

    Depending on her speciality, like say ER Doc/Tauma Surgeon, getting assigned to a big hospital in a shithole like, say, Baltimore, would be a gold mine of edumacation.

  6. dirtroads

    Congrats to you and your daughter.

    Do everything you can to get her to hold on to humanity and independent thinking. Having been in the game for for about 25 years I would never recommend the career to anyone but those with a deep and abiding hunger to to help others. It will take as much or more strength for her remain to remain true to herself, her morals, and ideals in corporatized medicine as it did to get this far into the journey. That is not hyperbole.

    That being said, I have a sneaking suspicion you raised a well grounded and intelligent daughter. Godspeed to her and those she will touch in the future.

  7. Coelacanth

    Congratulations to your daughter and to the rest of the family. It takes a whole family to put that point on the spear. Well done.
    I still well remember the school acceptance (dental), the graduation, first private practice, the residency acceptance…
    May God bless her hard work and dedication

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