It’s time to give back.
My Journey from being Unmatched to acquiring a post-match vacant residency spot on 20th May 2020.
My Brief CV
Step 1 score = 246
Step 2CK score = 251
Step 3 score = 220
Step 2CS 2nd attempt,
YOG = 2016,
2 clinic-based US LORs.
Through this post I want to share my experience and want to encourage people who didn’t match in the main match cycle or who have attempt in any of the USMLE exams.
I applied on 15 September 2019 and got a total of 5 interviews till October 15 and no interviews after that, still I told myself that I am gonna make the most out of these and I was sure that I will match.
But the day came and I went unmatched, I was broken and devastated but luckily got 1 interview in SOAP but Anxiety of being unmatched killed my only chance of the match. SOAP passed and again went unmatched.
I lost all my hopes and started complaining to Almighty, days passed I started working on my CV and started volunteering at the COVID Unit of Bronx Care New York where I worked for 2 months. Here I realized the reason behind being unmatched despite 6 Interviews was actually my Interview Skills.
I came to know about one empty slot at a program on 18 May and applied there with my CV and the recent experience and next day I got an email for an interview on Skype, this time I didn’t prepare for the interview, I just wanted to be myself, no overacting, no Anxiety, no fear of rejection. It was me and only me who have worked hard to get here and by now I had learned the hard way of not letting my anxiety get the best of me.
Miraculously next day I got a call from the Associate PD saying that we want to offer you a post-match position and then she asked me if I want to accept it
Post Match Position ……………………. I SAID YES YES YES.
I cried and thanked my Lord Krishna for this blessing.
What I Learned
- Never argue with Lord, whatever is happening, is in our best favor.
- Be yourself during the interviews.
- Don’t show that you are overly desperate
- Trust Almighty and His plans
- Pray, pray, and pray, Wo Maula sab ki sunta hai…
This is my journey, feel free to ask anything guys, I would love to help.
Last but not least I want to thank my wife( PGY-1 resident) she believed in me and helped me and kept my hopes high.