Match Day is coming, as you can see by the handy countdown timer I added. In just over 1 week I will have a better idea about what path my future will take me down. I am not sure the exact time that day I will be notified, but I will try my best to get the word out as soon as I know.
A few thoughts as it nears:
I am a little nervous for either result. I was recently offered the position for the general practice residency at the hospital. This is a relief to know I have a good back up plan.
If I do match in OS, I am looking forward to never doing cleanings or dentures again! I am excited to be in a hospital setting, learning about surgery, how to manage complex patient medical issues, and really becoming a specialist in a field I enjoy.
I am nervous about: the time committment, lack of sleep, and the potential that maybe I wont be up to par. As the only woman in the program I feel I will have to try extra hard to prove I am capable. I think the men in the program are great, but to be incompetent AND a woman would be hard to keep their respect.
If I do not match into OS, I will be a little relieved by the flexibility I will have in the next few years for family opportunities as well as with Abe's career. He wont be tacked down to a residency here in Iowa City. I can work normal dental hours and get a good night's sleep when I choose. I am nervous about having to learn more about things like dentures, pediatric dentistry, and the huge scope of general practice I will be required to know, as well as the hope that I will enjoy it as much as I would OS.
Either way, it will be an exciting day!