What To Do If You Don’t Match For Residency

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In this video, I wanna talk about what to do if you don’t get a general surgery, or the residency that you want in the match. I know what to do in this situation because I did it, and I’ll tell you my story real quick.

I did my med school rotations for surgery at a certain hospital, okay? And I kicked butt there, and I did my best. And they said, “If you want a spot in this program, we’ll give you a spot in this program.” It was a smaller program. It was, like, three residents per year. As usual, I thought I was better than I was probably. And I thought, “I really want a university program, or a big program, or something like that.” So I did all my interviews. I applied to a bunch of places, did a bunch of interviews, got a few university interviews, some big programs. One at Henry Ford Hospital and thought I’d have a good shot of getting the program that I want.

They said, “We’re gonna put you first.” This smaller hospital, this smaller program. And I knew if I put them down, I was gonna get that spot ’cause the match. So I didn’t put them down, then – I know it’s ballsy. Stupid, stupid move. Don’t anybody do this. This is not the way you wanna go about it. I didn’t put them down, then I did not match, okay? That was a tough day for me. I spent a lot of time and effort, as everybody does. I went outside of the country, I spent a lot of time away from my family as everybody does, and I was pretty disappointed when I didn’t match. And I didn’t know what I was gonna do. I didn’t have a job, I had these medical school loans. What are you gonna do? I lost my (bleep). For a little bit. But I talked to one of the residents at the program that I was supposed to go to, and he was like, “You’re an idiot, A, you’re an idiot. Second, go to this website ADPS. It’s something about program directors.” Whatever.

They list all of the open spots on that website, so I went there. I found that Henry Ford was looking for a couple more residents because, I didn’t know at the time. They graduate six, but they take eight because the program is hard, people drop out. Blah blah blah blah blah. They do that. A lot of programs do that, but a lot of programs tell you, “We take you as a first-year resident, but you’re not-” A lot of places say you’re not guaranteed to graduate, and a lot of places will say, “You’re not going past the first year. I ended up taking that spot. I called them, and I said, “Hey, I interviewed with you guys. I see you’re looking for some more people. What do you think?”

They offered me a spot, I took the spot. I got super lucky. They basically said, “If you do a good job, you may be able to stay.” I busted my ass that year. I skipped vacation to go and interview again because as soon as you start in July and you have to go apply for the match again, so I had to apply for the match to get a first-year spot again, which was terrible. I had to go to interviews again, which was terrible. I had to take all my vacation time that first year, getting my ass beat as an intern, plus I don’t get any vacation, plus I have to spend all my money doing interviews. Don’t do this. I kicked ass, I studied my ass off, I got the highest score on the app site in the class and the second highest in the entire program. After that, they were like, “We’ll take you.” At first, I had this great interview with the program director and the chairman. They basically said, before the app site, they said, “Well, you’re not that impressive. You’re doing fine, you’re not doing anything wrong. But for a guy that doesn’t have a five-year spot, you should be kicking more ass.” Essentially what they told me. I was like, “Oh, okay.” That really hit home. After that, I really took it…I always took it serious, but I really went above and beyond. And I did as much as I could. I was super professional to everybody. I just worked as hard as humanly possible. And then I studied for the app site, and I did really well. After the app site, after a couple months later, they were like, “We’d like to give you a second-year spot and continue in our program.” It just so happened that people were…I ended up graduating five in our class, and we took eight. That tells you that general surgery’s tough.

People drop out, things happen, all that stuff. Six years, five years. Over that time, there’s a lot of wiggle room. My point is is that if you don’t match, go to a program where you think it’s a good program because, especially in surgery, there’s a lot of changing around. If you do better than one of their categorical residents, I guarantee you they’re gonna keep you. It’s all about hustle, man. You just have to put the time in. You have to be on your best behavior and all that stuff. Don’t ever give up. Everybody always says that, but you really can’t. I thought I should’ve gave up at that time. I wanted to give up, but luckily, a resident reached out to me and said, “Here’s what you start to do. Here’s your next move.” At least I got going with that.

If anybody, that happens to anybody. You want to quit, you need to reach out to me, you can do that. You can always put it in the comments below. Let me know what happened. If you have a similar scenario, that’d be awesome to hear because a lot of people that happens to. It’s very frustrating, and you can always e-mail me. You can find my e-mail on my website, or you can direct message me on Instagram or Facebook or whatever.

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