A Classy Affair

A hat has just been passed to me. In the hat are a few 20 dollar bills. I reach in my pocket and throw in a 10. I am just a resident, hopefully that won’t be considered too cheap. You may think I am at a church but I am actually at my weekly conference. This is how money is raised to host recruitment dinners during residency interview season. Being at a county program I guess I shouldn’t expect anything less.

I remember my interview trail. It was so much fun. Sure it was stressful with all the interviews but the night before was always a blast. There was always a recruitment dinner where we would go out with the residents. We would order food and drinks and just chill. I was able to check out cities in the US that I had never been to growing up. FYI New Mexico is a really beautiful place. Maybe ER interviews are a little bit chiller. Everyone always seemed pretty laid back and it seemed more important to be yourself then some stuffy dude.

So here I am in residency and I had no idea this is how recruitment funds were raised. I always figured that hospitals and departments were wealthy and could hook up fancy dinners. Well at least some of my radiology friends were describing lobster dinners at certain interviews. Maybe it’s just an ER thing.

So a couple of days pass and I hit up the first recruitment dinner. It was at one of the local breweries. I walk in and pass by a bunch of hot serving trays and applicants. Rad. I didn’t realize we had raised so much in conference, maybe I should have given more money. After I pass by a couple of applicants I spot some of the internal medicine residents. Ohhhhh the serving trays are for the internal medicine applicants. I scan across the room and see my co-residents. We have a couple of pitchers and some appetizers. We may not have had hot trays but we claimed the pool tables and dart boards. It definitely wasn’t the most classy affair but it ended up being a super fun night. I guess if people want to be part of this program they better enjoy the grit.

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