There's nothing quite like getting matched into residency. You can finally breathe a sigh of relief and know that at least one major part of your graduate experience is complete.
But there's still a lot of work to be done even after match day period has come and gone. That said, here are some of the most important things you can do right after you've been officially matched into residency:
Celebrate your accomplishment. First, you need to celebrate your matching. Many medical students have become used to being on the move. But this is a major achievement, so give yourself a round of applause and celebrate. Even if you didn't get your preferred choice, you still have a job to look forward to. And soon you'll begin your formal training in your specific field.
Think about where you're moving. Once you've taken the time to celebrate, you need to think about where you may be moving. Think about the type of area where you want to live if you've matched somewhere away from where you currently reside. It's also a good idea to consider whether you want to live alone or with roommates.
Get into contact with other students in the area. It can seem intimidating to move somewhere you're not familiar with. That's why it's important to contact other students who live in the area. Contact your program coordinator for information about other residents and about the area itself. Residents who've lived in the area for longer may have greater knowledge about where it's best to look for a place to live.
- Make sure you're prepared. Once you've matched, it's good to be prepared for your new job. This includes buying one of those medical equipment bags you've had your eye on. A doctor messenger bag like Clinitote has all the space you need to make sure your equipment stays organized and ready to go. What's more, it's fashionable so you can feel confident in your job and less like you're prepared to change a baby's diaper at any time.