I must have looked at my Match Day appointment letter about six times. Part of me half-believing that my good fortune was some kind of error and if I just read it one more time it won’t actually say that I matched at my number one program. I have never wanted anything this much in my life and to actually get it–well, it leaves me speechless. The years of studying, stress, exams, planning and sacrificing all blur together.
I’m an emergency medicine physician with my first job at my dream program. It doesn’t feel real.
Match Day was an incredible moment. I went up to the podium with my husband and had him open the envelope. When I looked down at the letter a rush of emotion came flooding in, the culmination of all of my hopes and hard work. I was so choked up I could barely speak. I had no idea I was going to react that way, but the emotion was too overwhelming. I’m not sure I’ve ever felt such joy. Probably because I’ve never worked this hard for anything.
I am so excited to start my career and the next chapter in this journey. Residency will be yet another blur of long hours, stress, sacrifice and emotion. It is terrifying and thrilling at the same time. The thought of the experiences that are to come makes me feel so thankful. I know it is very rare to find a job that you can be this passionate about, and even rarer to have a profession that challenges and pushes you daily–whether you want it or not. I couldn’t have asked for more.
Thank you to all of you guys who have been with me throughout the process and read the blog over the years! It has been a joy sharing it with you. Since I’m not sure just how much time I’ll have for writing I am moving things over to Instagram. Feel free to follow along! MD_Maja