Granted, not until July 2020 :) A couple of weeks ago my husband and I found out that he matched in Philadelphia for his Hand Surgery Fellowship meaning THERE IS AN END IN SIGHT!! For those of you that don’t know, we have been in Seattle the past 4 years for my husband’s Orthopedic Surgery Residency with one more year to go in Seattle. Fellowship is only one additional year after that (thank god) and then he will FINALLY be done with all of his training (I think that makes it his 26th year of school/training but whose counting ;).
Since Fellowships are still in the match system (meaning we rank the places he interviewed, and the places he interviewed rank each of the people, and an algorithm or two later we get an email saying “You’ve matched at ___!”) I wanted to make it a fun surprise for our parents. Feeling a bit ballsy and in desperate hope that we would match in Philadelphia, I ordered a few Philly-related goodies in advance so that I could mail the box of goodies to our parents ASAP (I couldn’t keep this secret for too long). See all of the package details below, including my little DIY for the box lid:
I’m actually amazed that I didn’t spill the beans before they got their packages but so glad I waited. Now that things are real, please send all the Philadelphia suggestions my way!!