I went out today and paid for my graduation invitations. It was sort of interesting siging my name officially and having cards officially printed with my name and M.D. after it.
Besides the graduation invitations, I have to get fitted for cap, gown and hood. The “official” garb at Howard is green with a little round cap complete with little gold tassel. Our hoods are green, white and gold. It started me thinking about a good hairstyle to go with the green. My hairstylist let me try out a purple rinse so I have grey hair with purple sheen to wear with my little green hat and gold tassel on graduation day in two months.
Match Day is two weeks away and seems an eternity. I just want to open that letter and know for sure where my life will lead from here. It will be more anti-climactic than graduation or “Honors and Oath Day” as it is called here at Howard.
I can’t really make moving plans until I know where I have matched. I won’t know where I have matched until March 21st. We all gather in the infamous “Red Room”, a large red auditorium where our names are called one by one. We are handed an envelope that is sealed. We file back to our seats, take a deep breath, and open the envelope. If you didn’t match, you know before the envelopes are handed out. If you matched at a preliminary slot but not at your residency, you know before Match Day. This allows you to get your information ready for the scramble.
On the night of the match, we have a huge party (called a “Smoker”) complete with skits, liquor and roudy loud music. It is our send-off for graduation. Traditionally, the second-year class is responsible for sending off the graduating class. At the end, the graduating class, stands on stage and drinks champagne. It does get wild. Faculty and administration are not allowed into the party. It is given by students for students.
Match Day in two weeks…