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Where's the FM match anxiety???

Discussion in 'Family Medicine' started by MDWoochie, Feb 23, 2007.

  1. MDWoochie

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    So...rank lists were official 2 days ago and no one on this blog seems to be stressed. I look at EM's blog (I read it cuz that's what husband is matching into), and they are crazily posting ROL, etc; Am I crazy, or am I the only one in FM who is freaking out?

    Anyone else feel like they'll be really disappointed if they don't get there number one? That's where I'm at right now. :eek:
     
  2. Faebinder

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    Allow me to direct you to THIS thread. I call it... "Massive Match Mental Trauma" ...sorta like an M&M for all specialties..

    OH an I do a lot of my FM venting of the match in this thread of course... Where sophie keeps me comfortable by telling me rumors about riches of wild dreams of starting FM salaries and Kent encourages me to start drinking to suppress the anger resulting from anxiety about the match.:D
     
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  3. Tn Family MD

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    There is no such thing as match anxiety in FM because everyone matches at their number one so long as they didn't totally blow their interview. No kidding -- Of the 14 or 15 people in our graduating med school class last year that did FM, every single one matched at their top choice. It's a buyer's market, guys, and the interns-to-be are the buyer's.
     
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    Nice touch with the real estate lingo :laugh:
     
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    I know, I know, but I went to the cream of crop programs, UNC is my #1 and I'm couple's matching with my EM husband. My fate is completely tied up in his, so I'm freaked!!!

    And Faebinder, seems to me your the only one venting on that thread, every one else is talking avatar lingo, which frankly I don't understand to begin with, which is why I don't have one. I didn't even know what it was before I joined SDN.
     
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    Why be nervous? It's out of our hands.
     
  7. iatrosB

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    Easier said than done!


    Right FB?:scared:
     
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    Plus, FM types seem to be more easy-going in the first place, don't you think? ;)
     
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    I don't think you are crazy, but I do think you may beone of the few FM applicants (at least here) who is freaking out.

    I am pretty confident I will match at one of my top 3, all of which are excellent programs. I think most people can be pretty confident of that, in fact.

    Throwing couples match into it does raise the bar a bit, but really....you are taking years off of your life by stressing about this. It's a done deal at this point.

    Gotta go. Time for a mojito! ;)
     
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  10. Faebinder

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    Holy crap... I think somewhere during my creation process, God decided to give me HUGE adrenal glands and in the last two years they decided to show me what it means to be HYPERTROPHIC!
     
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    Match induced pheochromo:eek:
     
  12. lateness

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    :laugh: lol. Woochi, I didn't know about the avatar stuff too, before SDN.
    And for the EM forum, there are always a lot of ppl viewing there and posting, but lots of them aren't even residents,students or even out of high school or college, viewing a lot of the crazy postings about things they learned from their patients.

    and good luck to you, UNC is an awesome place,
    really there isn't much to do except to have a glass or two of wine(or three?), and try to relax until that day.
     
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    Three is always better than one.
     
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    ;)


    especially when its so smooth and the tannins just right, with hints of cherry, plum, and subtle hints of blackberry,,
    oh wait this isn't about wine,
     
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    i heard this yr's apps went up and FM becoming more competitive.....
    it's crunch time..
     
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    :smuggrin:
     
  17. Tn Family MD

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    It'll be interesting to see how that turns out nationwide. I know at our particular program we have seen a rather impressive influx of applicants wanting to switch from other specialties. We have applicants trying to switch from everything from General Surgery, Anesthesia, Internal Medicine, and several others. Maybe we are starting to see another shift in the popularity of primary care like in the mid-90's.
     
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    I told everyone... my prediction is 3 years before the FM programs become more competitive than IM.
     
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    That would be awesome, FB. I doubt it could happen that soon simply because there are a lot of highly qualified applicants that go into IM so that they can sub-specialize. But, in the long term if the government alters the payment scheme so that primary care is favored, then certainly FM could become very competitive. If that's the case, then we all picked an awesome time to go FM, huh? We'll be ahead of the game by several years and reaping the rewards for a while before the market can correct.
     
  20. Faebinder

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    Nothing to do with the applicant quality...

    It's the number of available spots. They are going down rapidly.
     
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    not going to happen without a radical shift in the healthcare system. The committee that determines RVUs for doctor fees is dominated by specialists, I think they make up 80% of the board. They are given a set number of RVUs every year by the government and told that they have to fight amongst themselves for that fixed pie of money. Of course since 80% of them are specialists they spend the vast majority of monies on surgeries and interventional procedures.

    Someday when the US gets universal care I think we'll take the same pathway that the UK went, and start reimburseing primary care docs much higher at the expense of specialists. In the UK, GPs actually get paid MORE than most specialists.
     
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    Well, fine. I guess it is just me, but time seems to be going by mighty slowly:rolleyes:
     
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    As I explained it to my mother...

    1. You have 100+ type A personalities who have always been "smart" enough to dictate their own paths and capable enough to do anything with their lives.

    2. They are working with attendings and residents who keep saying that this is the single most important decision we'll make in our careers.

    3. You then tell these 100+ people (per medical school) that after a set day and time they no longer have any control over their lives...

    4. Oh and by the way, we're not going to tell you where you'll be going or even if you'll be doing what you want to do for the next 3 weeks.

    Now go take care of some sick people.

    P.S. Did I mention that the third years keep telling us how relaxed we all look? I swear, third year heads are going to roll...


    Suddenly, my mother quit telling me that I needed to not worry about it. Apparently being by 100 stressed, neurotic type A personalities is her idea of a nightmare.;)
     
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