Friday, June 4, 2010

OM [one moment] meet up - week #8 - reality sinks in

C and I were in the Reno/Lake Tahoe area Tuesday - Thursday this week.  C had an interview at a practice there and I joined him to check out the area. 

For those of you who are not familiar, C is a medical resident embarking on his 7th and final year of residency.  He started this long journey over 13 years ago when our oldest son was born.  Having been a banker for a number of years, he decided to go to med school.  The last 13 years of training looked something like this:

1 2 years of pre med classes [update 6.9.10 - was correct by hubs.  When it's all over it will be 14 yrs]
1 year of research and applying to medical schools
4 years of medical school
7 years of residency
[I remember discussing with C, early on in his medical shcool training, what he might consider specializing in.  The conversation ended with me asking what specialty had the longest residency program.  When he told me neurosurgery, 7 years, I told him that was what he was going to choose.  I was right.]

peppered with 2 major periods of uncertainty:

1) medical school acceptance  - Northwestern, which luckily did not require us to move as we were living in Chicago at the time.

2) residency match - an arcane process where the students rank their choices for residency whilst the schools rank their choices of students.  Students literally find out where they are going just months from when they need to begin.  As you can imagine, this is hard on families.  After learning we were going to Brown, I remember sitting for a quiet moment outside the Dean's office.  Rhode Island...where the heck is Rhode Island?  Chris had to pull up a map and show me exactily where we'd be spending the next 7 years.


90 + hour work weeks, overnight calls, tight budgets, and  knowing we'd likely be moving the family again!!

So, here we are.  The light at the end of the tunnel, which used to be a pinhole, is now the size of a quarter.  The gamble is about to payoff.

Our lives have been mostly dictated by this whole process.  Not much choice, other than the initial choice of going down this path.  It's all the boys have ever known.  It's about all that I can bare.  We both agreed that it is surreal to think that we are finally nearing the end of this long journey.  My "one moment" this week was trying to let reality sink in and breath a sigh of relief for the future.

What was your 'one moment' this week? What took you out of your present moment and made you pause, pinch yourself, smile?

Share in the blog comments here, on your own blog (and link back below) or on my Facebook fan page. If you are on Twitter, I've started a hash tag - #OMmeetup so that we can converse if we'd like. We'd love to hear your moment this week!

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