Last Friday was a big day around here - Match Day! In medical school, there's a day that rivals graduation in terms of excitement. While graduation is special because you're at the end of school, you're a real doctor, you're moving on, match day is all about where you'll be moving on to.
Jake and I were so excited to be able to share this day with our families and very relieved/happy/ecstatic that Jake matched to his first choice, here in Memphis!
The way the match works is that you apply to all sorts of programs (30+) in your area (Jake's is internal medicine) and then they invite you to interview. From there, you interview all over. After that you rank your top choices, all while they are making their ranking of students that interviewed. Much like sorority bid day, what follows is a mutual match system. The Monday of match week you get an email letting you know that you matched (which Jake did, meaning he had a job!) but you don't find out until noon on Friday - everyone around the country finds out at the same time.
Jake's school does a ceremony at the Pink Palace with food and drinks, some remarks, and then the handing out of the envelopes.
Jake's sister and parents came to the Pink Palace with us:
There's a big map for pinning where you're going. People in Jake's class were spanning the whole US, California to the Northeast. Glad it is them, not me!
After the Pink Palace we went downtown for a little photoshoot:
Then to lunch at where else... our favorite, Garabaldi's. Had to celebrate with a tradition.
Then it was on to Muddy's, another Memphis staple.
After passing out in a food coma for a bit, we met my family and Jake's parents and sister for dinner at Boscos in Overton Square:
My parents got Jake a UT pullover:
The next day was the Caduceus Ball, an annual medical school celebration that honors the M4s after match day.
It was at Minglewood Hall - there was food, drinks, a band... lots of fun!
The set up:
And finally, only so you can see my whole dress, a bathroom selfie:
A huge weekend celebrating Jake's accomplishments. We're so proud of him!!
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