Signing On

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M.Arrowsmith
Signing On

Another year, another interview season.  This “On the Trail” series was graciously introduced last year by UMuser, who added analysis, perspectives, and emotions that we would be hard-pressed to find anywhere else on the forums. In short, the writings posted here added a bit of humanity to a process that is so often mechanical, random, and offers very little room for sentiment. Invariably, uro applicants will go through a rainbow of human emotions in a very short period -- the joy and anger, anxiety and hope, weariness and energy, calm and agitation… are worthwhile to be expressed and recorded. Most conveniently, it can be done so here anonymously. As an applicant this year, I wish to continue what UMuser did last year, and simply open a forum of discussion for things outside of the concrete, and into many of the intangible aspects of an intense period of our lives. As the November midterm elections are nearing, even the non-political junkies are more or less learning by osmosis that there’s a tumultuous battle somewhere out there between the two parties fighting for control of both houses of the Congress. As gloomy unemployment numbers are revealed, how would Dems and Repubs each take their own issues to the voters and convince them that they are the problems-solvers and not the problems themselves? Exciting stuff for some I’m sure, but I digress. The point being that with just as much share of self-promotion, nationwide touring, and fierce competition, in addition to the inevitable luck and voodoo, the interviewing process compares fairly well to a distinguished national political campaign. To take the analogy further, each of us already has a pocketful of slogans prepared (“my biggest asset is___”), a few requisite testimonials in our LOR’s, and a shared constituency of program directors. It’s made all the more interesting that we, medical students, are not born into this at all. Commonly of a scientific temperament, politicking is not exactly one of our natural elements. Of course, analogies being analogies, we do have the advantage of seeing and judging each program for ourselves with a much greater control of the outcome than our political counterparts. Also, uro applicants tend to be great folks, and there wouldn’t be any hesitation to sharing a beer with any of ‘em. In the best circumstances, it’s hard to see Biden and Palin sharing more than the air in the same room.   In any case, the season affords us a great opportunity to put together our own version of the great American roadtrip, hopping airport to airport, disorienting and then reorienting, to places we may not be in otherwise.  I look forward to it, and hopefully we will all enjoy it as much as our anxiety level allows. Good luck folks. Until next time.   

Edited by: nicky on 05/11/2015 - 19:50 Reason: Updated by FeedsNodeProcessor