After a complicated stay in the hospital, my patient was finally ready to be discharged. After all he had been through, I was excited to tell him the good news. “You will be leaving this afternoon,” I said, heartened by the smile I saw spreading across his face. He thanked me, and then said something that made me cringe. “Finally! I thought you guys were going to keep sticking me with needles ...


STAT_LogoOn March 17 at noon, about 18,000 medical students will open envelopes telling them where they will spend the next several years of their lives. It’s residency Match Day, and for many, that letter is one of the most important they will ever receive. The process is supposed to be straightforward. Medical students, like me, submit applications to hospitals and health systems ...


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