Today feels like possibly the best day of my entire life. My day started out early at the hospital, examining kiddies for my pediatrics rotation. Halfway through rounds I received a phone call from a residency program who wanted me to come in early to talk to them. I was overwhelmed with excitement, and became acutely aware of my own tachycardia and diaphoresis. Luckily, my residents were understanding and they allowed me to leave early to visit the program director at the other hospital.
To make a long, and incredibly emotionally intense story short, the program director offered me a pre-match position! For those of you who don’t know, a “pre-match” is basically an offer to accept a residency position outside of the “match,” which all U.S. med students must go through to obtain a residency position.
So, after considering the offer, I signed my name across the bottom of the contract. It’s official...I have my first job as a doctor! I might eventually share the details of where and in which specialty I matched, but I’d like to keep that to myself for a little bit longer.
I was so filled with excitement and joy that I grabbed the program director, and nearly tackled her in my attempt to give her a huge hug. I felt tears welling up inside my eyes, but I held them back.
Afterwards, I walked out onto the street to catch a cab home, and I was overwhelmed with a powerful combination of excitement and joy! I was grinning from ear to ear, and yet tears also began streaming down my face. I literally threw my hands into the air and screamed, "YESSSS!" I'm sure all the innocent people around me found the whole scene quite entertaining.
I’ve been waiting for this day for so long. I’ve worked my butt off in med school. I’ve done everything in my power to learn how to be a good doctor. I’ve studied for unreasonable numbers of hours, I’ve put myself through mental and physical torture, and I’ve made countless sacrifices.
I’ve come such a long way.
And finally, it feels like it’s all paying off. I’ve been hired as a DOCTOR. It’s real. It’s tangible. And it’s wonderful.
To all you pre-med students, med students, and aspiring doctors out there, I want you to be inspired. I want you to know that your hard work will pay off. You can walk this line, as I have, and come out on top. It’s all within your reach. The journey is hard, long, tiring, and full of many bumps along the way. But perhaps if it wasn’t, it would’t be nearly as satisfying. As the saying goes, “it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey.” This couldn’t be more true. But I can tell you that right now, standing where I am in my life, this destination sure seems like a great place to be!
2010-02-25 23:25 编辑：kuaileyingyu