This Is a Shout Out! / #Save GME
I want to hear your stories…I want the Nation to really know and feel “your pain”. That is how we relate. We imagine ourselves in someone else’s shoes, and then the problem seems real.
If you are willing to share your story, I will gladly protect your identity. I realize how devastating this travesty has been. I know how you must cringe every time a friend or relative asks you where you are in your training. The answer for an unmatched doctor is “no where”. That answer is a real conversation stopper in any social setting. Do you quickly answer, “I did not match into a residency because there are currently too many med school grads for the number of available residencies”? And those around you are thinking, “Yeh, right. You must not have been a very good student.” This situation has nothing to do with how good a student you were. It has everything to do with a bureaucratic “slip up”. The slip up occurred when the Federal Government decided to save money by reducing the number of residency slots, but forgot it still needed enough residency slots to accommodate the number of graduating med students. This situation has NOTHING to do with how “smart” the unmatched doctors are.
Please tell us about your path to becoming a doctor, its challenges, sacrifices, and “costs”. I will edit your story to fit into a blog (I have been told that blogs have to be short to keep the reader’s attention). I will not reveal your identity, since I know how mortifying this tragedy has been. My email is: firstname.lastname@example.org