101: NRMP Match Day: How to Handle Disappointment

The Wealthy Mom MD Podcast with Dr. Bonnie Koo | NRMP Match Day: How to Handle DisappointmentEvery March is near and dear to my heart because it’s when the NRMP (National Resident Matching Program) Match Day happens. For those of you who don’t know, I didn’t match until the third time I applied to dermatology. Every year around this time, I see people on social media talking about Match Day and celebrating, and it brings up a lot of memories for me.

I know this is an experience so many doctors share. It was definitely not ideal that it took me so long to get a match for my chosen specialty. So, in this episode, I’m sharing what this experience was like for me, the lessons I learned at the time and in the years since, and how I look back on that whole chapter of my life.

Tune in this week for an insight into my experiences over the years around NRMP Match Day. I’m sharing the failures and what I made them mean, the emotional and mental impact of being the only unmatched dermatology applicant, and how my perspective on this situation has transformed over the past few years.

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What You'll Learn from this Episode:

  • The emotions I was experiencing when I found out I didn’t match in my first two attempts.
  • What I made it mean and how I tried to cope with my emotions around what I considered at the time to be a failure.
  • Why I decided not to give up after experiencing rejection twice, and how I made sure I’d get accepted on the third attempt.
  • How to start viewing your disappointments through a more neutral lens.

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