Strange Feeling...

Discussion in 'Emergency Medicine' started by FoughtFyr, Mar 20, 2003.

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  1. FoughtFyr

    FoughtFyr SDN Lifetime Donor Lifetime Donor 10+ Year Member

    Mar 19, 2003
    Hello all!

    I'm new to the forum. I'm sitting here on the 'puter on-call for PEDS clerkship (low census :clap: )

    After this afternoon I'm filled with a strange sensation I last felt when I was skydiving...

    It's that "OH SH**!" feeling when you realize the person in front of you just jumped and YOU'RE NEXT!

    Getting nervous, any calming words out there for someone who (stupidly?) decided to switch careers three years ago and left the firehouse to go to med school and is now terrified that he won't match in EM?
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  3. FabFrank

    FabFrank Member 7+ Year Member

    Feb 25, 2003
    HA! I did the same thing about 4 years ago. I mistakenly thought that being a doctor would be more fun than being a fireman. There are still times that I wish I was a fireman still, but I'm going to make the best of my future career in EM.

    I will be starting an EM residency at UW/Madigan this summer.

    Your background is a good start. Do you have any research or any papers published? If not, better get started. EM is getting competitive. It's good just to show that you are participating in EM related research.

    Your grades are pretty much set, hopefully you are in the middle or upper third of your class. On the boards, you should get above average scores to be competitive. You don't have to score in the high 230-260's, save that sh!t for the Ortho wannabes.

    Try not to worry, the chances are excellent that you'll get an EM residency, and probably your first choice.
  4. mikecwru

    mikecwru M.D. = Massive Debt 7+ Year Member

    Oct 21, 2002
    Firefighters definitely get more chicks.
  5. Annette

    Annette gainfully employed Lifetime Donor 10+ Year Member

    Aug 24, 1999
    The Land of Lincoln
    I love that smokey smell!;)
  6. Scrubbs

    Scrubbs Chisellers beware! 7+ Year Member

    Feb 28, 2003
    I remember that feeling after last year's match ;)

    If it makes you feel any better, 14 people in my class applied to and matched EM yesterday... and I think all 14 got something in their top 3.

    Yes EM is competetive, but you don't have to be a derm candidate to match (check my stats on the poll).

    Good luck and have fun with the kiddies!
  7. flEM

    flEM Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Feb 27, 2003
    fighting fires is cool...., and interesting. people in em appreciate that. do some away electives, work hard, continue leading a life, and you will be an emergency physician. em is competitive - but almost all (especially american grads) match.

    just make sure that your experience (certainly unique) shines through on your app.

    best of luck

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