Match Day is one of the most important days in a physician's life. It's when soon-to-be docs learn which residency program they “matched” into and whether the Match will lead them to a clinic down the street or a hospital across the country. For the seven days surrounding Match Day 2015, which falls on Friday, March 20,
Progress Notes will run daily posts about your Match experiences as part of our "Matching to Lead" series.
By Jerica Johnson
Wearing an uncomfortable pantsuit, I sat in a bright office across a large wooden desk from a woman with friendly eyes. As we discussed everything from my desire to be a family physician to my involvement in community service to my love of sand volleyball, I was a little shaky from drinking too much coffee at the start of the day, but overall I felt comfortable. I was at the end of my long interview trail, which included 15 destinations sprawled across the entire country. Meanwhile, my boyfriend, Chris, was attending one of his last interviews in the emergency medicine department in a neighboring building of the same institution. My interviewer’s next question caught me off guard. “So you are applying as a team?” I had been asked in some variation or another about my status as an applicant in the Couples Match at every interview thus far, but I had never been asked in this way. I hadn’t thought of Chris and myself as a “team” of applicants but rather as a pair who simply wanted to train in the same place. I paused, and responded, “Yes, we are a team.”