Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life; everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated, thus, everyone’s task is unique as his specific opportunity to implement it.
-Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning
This past Thursday I received my match assignment for residency, solidifying my future spot in UCLA’s psychiatry program and giving meaning to the past four years of toiling that went into earning my M.D. The process was brutal. The medical school experience is no doubt unique to the individual, and some students adjust better than others to the frustrating experience of having absolutely no control over your life or daily activities. For me, there was something about being constantly exhausted, hungry and demeaned by my superiors that turned a pretty enthusiastic incoming student into to a slightly more cynical and disheartened graduate. That being said, I am extremely grateful for a few things:
One, being two months shy of not being a medical student anymore (hallelujah!),
Two, matching at UCLA, my first choice program for residency and arguably the best program on the west coast, and
Three, having had the good fortune to discover my own vocation and mission in life within [Read more…]