Thursday, March 18, 2010

Match Day

Today was kind of a big deal. Without the kind of. I am pretty sure I haven't slept well for the last week or so in anticipation of today. And now it is over, and we know where we are going to be for the next 3 years!

Saint Louis Children's Hospital!

This was our number one choice and we are all pretty darn excited about matching here! It is a wonderful pediatric hospital and a wonderful program where people train to be great doctors. Granted, it is a lot more difficult than Cardinal Glennon would have been, but I think I am ready for a change. Another big factor was that I am seriously considering specializing, and Children's has almost every specialty out there available for fellowship.

Match day itself was a lot of fun. It is always great to see all of my class in one place like that. This year, it was held at the Redbird club at Busch stadium, which also happens to be where Matt's parents have their season tickets, so we knew the venue well! It was neat to see it all done up like that. Matt's parents and Katee and Becky were all able to make it down for match day, which was a real blessing. I was so glad to have all of them there. Matt and Isidora were there also, of course. The timing, unfortunately, was not optimal for Izzie, who did not get a morning nap and then was not able to fall asleep at the venue. But, she did a pretty good job regardless and got to spend some nice time with Auntie Becky while Matt and I ate lunch (which was pretty good!)

The match ceremony was also pretty neat. Starting at precisely 11 am, they started calling our names at random, one at a time. Each individual called brings up a dollar to put into a bag and receives their envelope with where they matched. They may then go and open it to find out where. The last person to get their envelope gets to keep the bag of money. There are about 170 people in my class. Unfortunately, I wasn't last. I was only like, 8th to last. So I waited while almost everyone in my class got their envelope (27 or 28 minutes!!!) until I was called. I guess it was worth it though :) I am glad it is over.

So, now that we are sure we are staying in Saint Louis, on to our next big adventure! Buying a house!

1 comment:

  1. That's so exciting that you guys get to stay in St. Louis! Buying a house sure is an adventure :)