As students, most of us have heard about (or seen, as attendees in previous years) the raw emotions on display during Match Day. From sheer elation to disappointment, from intense displays to composed reactions, Match Day often showcases a wide spectrum of emotions.
Medical students quickly become familiar with residency match (“the Match”). Almost every attending and resident physician has interesting stories about his or her experience. These factors have helped tether the Match in student consciousness. But behind the massive collection of coverage, opinion, anecdotal stories (and lore), we students sometimes miss what a unique way it is to find our first jobs as physicians.
Our goal at in-House is to support writing as another such trajectory. We aim to help our colleagues “make things real” as they write them down in order to give substance to important moments and lessons in their work. If experience generates the questions we must live with, writing helps teach us how to best live through them.