July of last year, I asked one of my advisors if I should apply to institutions like Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) or BCRP or Cincinnati for my upcoming residency application cycle. And he looked at me and said: “Historically, people from Tulane do not match to CHOP or BCRP. And quite frankly, you aren’t junior AOA, so…if you wanna spend the money, I won’t stop you. But I just want you to be informed.” I talked to my parents and they were definitive: don’t change your list of schools. Don’t let your “advisor” limit you.
25 applications, 25 interview invites, 16 interviews, 28 flights, 14 hours of road trips, and 3 train rides later: I matched. I’m going to be a intern at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, my first choice. The first choice that I ranked cautiously and with a guarded heart. I literally ugly cried all morning y’all – it was disgusting.
Today I am grateful to my parents for believing in me when I could not. Today I am grateful to my sister and brother for being my never-ending emotional support. Today I am grateful to my friends who comforted me, encouraged me, called me when I was on my way to interviews, and talked me out of all the crazy self-deprecating things that I said as the stress of this interview season caught up to me.
Some people see Match Day as the success of an individual. I don’t. I fully recognize that I could not have done this without all of you. Thank you for the love and support. We did it! We’re heading to Philadelphia!
Hiya! Couldn’t help but smile whilst reading this!
Hard work really does pay off, very well done and best of luck in Philadelphia 🙂 👍
Awww thank you so much!
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Congratulations! It’s amazing to see how all your dedication and efforts have made your dream a reality! 💖💖💖
Thank you, I appreciate it!
Congratulations! I have been following your blog and insta on sidelines for a while now. I’m an MS2 and CHOP is my dream residency program!!! I am so happy for you! I would love to contact you for some tips or any do’s/donts to help my journey as well. Congrats again!
Thank you so much! More than happy to help.