Happy Medical Mondays to everyone who is visiting from the linkup today!
I can't believe I'm going to have to change my blog byline in a matter of weeks. I'm not technically a grad student anymore since I defended my PhD in early April. I figure I can get away with it a little longer though because I don't start my new position til August. As for the resident part, my husband will be finished by the end of June. Can I get an Amen!? "Tales of Life as a Fellow and a Post-Doc" just doesn't have the same ring to it. As many of you know, nothing is permanent when you're married to a doctor. I'll be changing our description again after only 1 short year!
Speaking of after Fellowship, a real job is just around the corner. We've been combing through job postings for a few months now and trying to figure out where we want to land after all of this training is over. It's not an easy task. If you don't have a specific city in mind, how do you narrow things down? Trying to find something in a town that also has a college (so I would have job opportunities) does immediately throw out about half of the listings, so that helps. Of course we'd love to come back to New Orleans, but I'm not holding my breath. I just don't want to let myself get my hopes up only to be disappointed. It's strange that for the first time in our adult lives we'll move somewhere that WE choose, not somewhere we were told to go by a computer match program. That in and of itself is a very exciting thing.
Unlike in med school where students find out where they're moving for residency only a few months before starting, orthopaedic residents match for a fellowship over a year before residency ends. Similarly, the job hunt for many Ortho residents begins before they even start their fellowship, or soon after fellowship begins. Since contract negotiations can take months and licensing and credentialing can take half a year, we need to start thinking now about where we want to end up after fellowship.
So, drumroll please, Jeff has his first REAL job interview next weekend! We'll call it Job #1 since, duh, it's the first place we're interviewing. Hopefully in the near future we'll have many more to compare. And yes, I did say we're interviewing. It seems to be understood that significant others tag along on these interview trips. These people are smart- they know they need to woo the wife if they have any chance of Jeff seriously considering the position ;) What we like: Job #1 is in the south, near a beach, and somewhat close to our families. What we don't like: It would be about 45 min - 1 hr commute if I wanted to teach at the nearest college. Hopefully we will both gain clarity after spending a couple of days there and will have a better idea if this is somewhere we could see ourselves living and working.
So here's to the beginning of the next stage in our lives- dipping our toes, so to speak, into the pool that is a real job after fellowship! I hope the water's warm...and that there aren't any sharks.