This post is all about perspective. In the short term, the odds do not favor international medical graduates (IMGs) matching—94% of AMGs match compared to 60% of IMGs. That is a tough pill to swallow. It is heartbreaking.
Life can be quite sweet after Match Day. Med school until this point at times feels like puberty. There’s the awkwardness and anxiety, the funny-looking short-white-coat fashion and the clumsiness of not knowing which side is left on a CT scan. But after opening that Match Day envelope (or email), things change! There’s a bit of certainty and a major reality check—we know where we are going to spend the next three to eight years of our lives.