The system, in short, is suffering from Congress-itis: an increasingly common ailment caused by the atrophying of the deliberative body.
In this article I will describe 12 things about being a medical student that I hope will reassure and excite you about the prospect of studying medicine.
Only 6,301 matched, for a success rate of approximately 50 percent.* That figure, although very low compared with U. medical school graduates, probably flatters the international students.
People who graduate from medical schools in the Caribbean or Eastern Europe often apply for programs such as family medicine that generally have a harder time filling their positions. Doctors in many foreign countries—even Western countries—are accustomed to making major decisions with little input from patients.
After both sides have submitted their preferences, everyone waits for months while a somewhat opaque algorithm spits out the results.
The stakes are inevitably high, but medical schools ramp up the tension of the big reveal on Match Day, which took place March 20 this year.