Because of the hectic schedule during my fourth year of medical school and trying to get everything ready for graduation, I haven’t been able to keep this site updated as often as I’d like. If you’d like to keep closer tabs on me and see what I’ve been up to lately, Medscape’s Match Game Blog is a good place to start. I’ve been posting there on a weekly basis for a couple of years now.
To get caught up and make a long story short, I decided that I want to go into emergency medicine instead of pediatrics. The whole process of how I came to the decision is documented in a few posts on Match Game, beginning here. Unfortunately, the decision complicates things a bit. My wife recently matched for a neonatology fellowship in St. Louis, Missouri. Had I stayed with pediatrics, it would’ve been easier for me to land a residency there. As it turns out, though, there are only two emergency medicine residencies in the state, both of which are allopathic, not osteopathic.
So instead of applying for a residency spot directly from medical school, I applied (and matched into) a one-year traditional rotating internship at home in Cleveland at the hospital where I did the majority of my third and fourth year clinical rotations. It means I’ll have to to the entire match process over again next year, and it’s yet another year spent in a different city than my wife. But it’ll improve my application for emergency medicine and make it more likely that I’ll land a spot out in St. Louis.
That’s about it for now. Graduation is coming up in June. It really can’t come fast enough!