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Well I suppose you have several choices for this unfortunate ailment.

1. How about calling to make an appt with a Matchitis specialist, so you can get on some drugs that will change your personality and some Xanax to make one can look like a drunken fool.:sleep:

2. You can run through those wonderful 12 steps anonymous::cool:
-find your highest power that you believe will save you from Matchitis: God, Buddha, your morning latte, yourself, your dog.

-Then run through a moral inventory of yourself and write down where you were wronged in all the interviews. Did you BS at any programs? Write down where you screwed up.:confused:

-Then admit to someone you screwed up. Call the programs directly and apologize for saying you're an "Angel" at the interview when you really were caught browsing chicksspreadinglegs.com during your ER month.:(

3. You can finish your rank list now, just do it, and get out of the toxic matchitis condition. Be certain of yourself and your choices and you will be happy with you list.:)

Any other treatment suggestions?
 
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I have the prodrome of couples matchitis...it is a more virulent form of matchitis...but not as severe as weddingitis...although, unchecked and not followed, couples matchitis can led to weddingitis. Even worse, matchitis has been known to evolve into mortgageitis and even childitis without first becoming weddingitis. And I missed the annual ranklistococcal vaccine this season
 
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The Twelve Steps of The Match

1. We admitted we were powerless over residency matching — that the interviewing process had become unmanageable.

2. Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of the NRMP Match Algorithm as we understood it.

4. Made a searching and fearless inventory of our interview clothing.

5. Concealed from our Dean, from ourselves, and from every other human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

6. Were entirely ready to have our Dean remove all these defects of character from our file.

7. Humbly asked him to remove our shortcomings from our Dean's Letter.

8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to avoid asking for letters of recommendation from them all.

9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others, but only if they could write us a good letter.

10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly concealed it.

11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with the Match Algorithm as we understood it, praying only for knowledge of its will for us and the power to carry that out.

12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
 

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Yeah, the whole process is definitely getting to me too. Even though I'm not into more alternative treatment in general, I propose a little music therapy from Tom Petty:

"The waiting is the hardest part
Every day you get one more yard
You take it on faith
You take it to the heart
The waiting is the hardest part

Ooh don't let it kill you babe, don't let it get to you
Don't let it kill you babe, don't let it get to you
I'll be your breathin' heart, I'll be your cryin' fool
Don't let this go too far, don't let this get to you.

The waiting is the hardest part
Every day you get one more yard
You take it on faith
You take it to the heart
The waiting is the hardest part

Yeah the waiting is the hardest part."

Sing, relax, and repeat as necessary. :)
 
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I'll admit to an approx 2 month h/o progressively worsening matchitis. I have intermittent symptoms that are sometimes worse at night. I think it is aggrevated by reading the SDN love letter thread. It is relieved by the ICU rotation that takes up most of my time. I have had this before 4 years ago actually...before medical school. Considering treatment options: writing this thread, incr. home etoh use, benadryl....consults are pending.
 

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Can someone give me that reassuring talk about how many people match and usually within their top X programs etc. I could use that nice bedtime story again!
 

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Although I was a extremely good candidate, great letters, scores , activities - had the world by the tail. For some reason I still havent figured out, I did not match in EM as a senior med student. Talk about a heartbreak and devastation. I then took a IM internship with the idea of still going into EM. The following year, I matched in a PGY 2-3-4 EM program of my dreams that I would have never considered as a medical student.

Who was it who said, - some of Gods greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.
 

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I still contacted the Army Reserves, and looks like I may get to be deployed to Pakistan this weekend.

Unfortunately I may have to invade my home country due to Uranium enrichment, but that's okay- at least I won't be thinking about the Match.
 

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Although I was a extremely good candidate, great letters, scores , activities - had the world by the tail. For some reason I still havent figured out, I did not match in EM as a senior med student.

Alcohol sales surely skyrocketed with your post as peoples matchitis symptoms emerged from remission. Are you on commision with the breweries?

I am glad it worked out well for you. I hope that it works out as well for the rest of us....

(*** runs out of the building into the streets of Addis Ababa looking a beer***)
 
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