Thursday, September 17, 2015

My First Residency Interview...BOOKED....

OMG...WHAT A WONDERFUL FEELING...I got my first interview request just one day after submitting my applications.  I am overjoyed....I know this is just a small part in this long process, but it feels good knowing a residency program deemed me worthy enough to request an interview.

Stay Tune....more will unfold....
Thank you Father!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Match 2016 opens tomorrow....

Will I be able to sleep tonight?  Have I dotted my i's and crossed my t's?  Have I put together the  BEST residency package?  Is there anything else I need to do?

I have spent many hours on my residency application and researching each program that I am apply for.  I have selected 165 programs.  Those that I feel I will fit in truth of the matter..I can fit in any where...The challenge is getting the committee to see that.  I can work with old, young, happy, or sad people...but, most importantly, I would like to be in a thriving environment that foster respect and team work.  So that I can gain the knowledge I need to be a successful practicing physician and contribute in a meaningful and productive way. 

So, wish me luck...think positive thoughts for me...pray that the right door opens and I am able to walk through and obtain a solid foundation which will allow me to grow deep roots and grow branches that will touch and change lives for the good.

Residency 2016...I'm ready to receive that email in March that says, "Congratulations, You've Matched."

After you have done all the necessary preparation, the only thing left is for you to do is BELIEVE.  Believe that it ALL is working in your favor...the right door (s) will open and you will live out/in your DESTINY!

Now, go live your dreams!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

I'm Here!

It's September 12, 2015...On Tuesday, Match 2016 opens...I am ready...I have perfected my application, revised my personal statement, I have 8 letters of recommendation, and NOW, I'm READY....

Match season (Residency application time) is the time that 4th year medical students apply for their first job as medical doctors.  Although this sounds very exciting and glamorous, it is far from the truth.  Well, it is definitely exciting, but not glamorous.  This is the time that you demonstrate to prospective employers that you are ready to learn even more and will be a contributing factor to their programs.  The time to roll up your sleeves and dig deep, to use all your critical thinking skills, medical knowledge and be able to continue to build on those...You ARE A DOCTOR NOW!

I am currently working in Internal Medicine ICU, which I absolutely LOVE.  Every time I'm in this environment no matter how tired I am I am keen and open to learn.  Like last night, Friday night, we are dealing with several complicated cases and the Fellow (a fellow is someone that has complete residency and is now specializing is a particular she is a Pulmonary and Critical Care Specialist) kept saying, "We are saving lives here."  ...I replied, "I LOVE IT."  

My excitement is that fact that I am able to understand what is going on is SO SWEET.  I see my growth.   Last November, I was assigned to the ICU, which was a privilege as a 3 year med student and back then I felt I knew absolutely nothing...But, as I have completed other clerkships, I see how my clinical knowledge has grown.  So, now as a 4th year, back in ICU...I am pretty much understanding a lot of what is going on.  Working with good fellows/residents that want to teach you is awesome....

The amazing part of all of this is I am a person that always dreamed of becoming a DOCTOR, as a little girl.  I didn't really know how to get here...I didn't have any doctors in my family or even college graduates.  I was the first person in my family to graduate from college.  And now, at 40+ I will graduate from medical school and begin practicing medicine is ABSOLUTELY AWESOME....

With hard work, dedication and the willingness to step outside your comfort zone the WORLD is YOURS...The journey will not be a piece of cake, but at times it can taste just as SWEET!  With tough times comes good times..and if you know this...You can DO THIS!

Now, go live your dreams!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

FInalizing Match Application

It's September already.  Match 2016 opens, Sept 15th...This is perhaps the most exciting time for a medical student...For the past 3years, the hard work, the tears cried, the prayers made were not in vain.  Match 2016 is the day that I match into MY residency program. 

After 4 years of medical school and graduating with a Doctor of Medicine, aka MD, this is the time for our first job as medical doctors. A residency program can last any where from 3 year to 6 years, depending of your specialty.  This is the time a novice doctor will be tested, tried and perfected, before they go out into the world alone.  So, this is perhaps the most important part of this journey.

I am perfecting my personal statement, tightening up my CV (resume), and obtain all the letter of recommendation from my attending physicians and the most important thing is getting the financing for the application and interviewing process....

With great excitement, I asked myself, "where will I be this time next year?  Where is my new home?"  I know it's going to be absolutely fabulous.  My destiny will lead me to open doors that no man can shut.  I will not be denied.  It's my time to WALK into DESTINY...I have walked in determination, persistence, dedication, resilience, etc, etc, etc.  Those qualities I will always possess...But, to know that 8 years I started on this journey and now...I'm HERE!  I can just imagine the feeling I will have when DESTINY speaks...

The amazing thing about it all is that this is just the beginning, a new chapter to be written...Isn't LIFE WONDERFUL...

Always go into new adventures with great expectations...greatness will manifest...higher spiritual awakenings are there...provision is there...infinite power is there...RISE TO THE Occasion...You were made for this time...this season...this hour...Arise...and Walk in Your is IN US ALL....Arise!