Why All 4th Year Medical Students Currently Look Like Zombies

Until Monday, every D.O. student participating in “The [scariest-thing-you’ve-ever-had-to-wait-on] Match” will be counting down the days.

It’s been happening to me every morning completely involuntarily for about a week.

You see, we have each typically spent (at least) 4 years getting our undergraduate degree and now 4 years of medical school to officially be called “Doctor” in May.

And now we look to residency. So after 8 solid years minimum investment, the next 3-5 years on average will be spent in some location, training in some specialty that is yet to be determined by a computer and some very fancy software…which basically determines what you’ll be doing for the rest of your life.

We receive our e-mails of whether we “matched” or not on Monday.

February 9th*.

I imagine, however, that many of you have dates that are etched in your mind simply because the unknown is about to become your reality, whether you’re ready or not.

The day you are soon to propose.
The day you will discover if baby is a boy or a girl.
The day set to know if you passed your big test.
The day you find out if you are cleared to adopt.
The day the doctor will call to tell you if it’s malignant or benign.

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” – Ian MacLaren


My how true it is.

But there is one thing to which we all must cling.

“Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see…By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen…”

Hebrews 11

What day are you waiting on?


*Note: If someone is participating in the M.D. Match, it will occur later in March. 

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