Where to go? (click on the markers on the map)
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As many of you know, I will finish the MD/PhD program at UW this Spring and over the past two months I have interviewed for residency positions in clinical pathology (aka lab medicine) at the institutions shown on the map above. Many of you are probably wondering, “what the heck is clinical pathology?” which is a very good question. In short, clinical pathologists run clinical labs that carry out a wide variety of lab tests in a hospital, including such things as cholesterol levels, blood counts, cultures of bodily fluids for microbes, blood typing, and genetic tests, among many others. They also design new clinical lab tests. It is a very good specialty for doing medical research, which is what I want to do.
I will learn where we will go through the residency “match”, where candidates and programs indicate their preferences in a ranked list and a computer matches them so candidates are placed at their most preferred program that hasn’t already been filled by more “desirable” candidates. All of my interviews went very well, and so being a desired candidate it would seem that I will get my first or perhaps second choice. Since most of the programs I am considering are very good, making my rank list will be very difficult. Quality of life, cost of living, and schools in these various places will also be very important to ensure that our entire family thrives. Taking into account all these factors, Washington University in St. Louis, MO, and Yale in New Haven, CT, are nudging out the others for the top spots on the list. However, there is still a lot of time before February 24, when our list has to be finalized. We will find out where we go on March 18.
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