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Alex is a 4th year medical student who successfully matched into an Anesthesia Residency in Chicago. However, it certainly wasn't smooth sailing. Alex matched in an advanced placement program, meaning he would join the other residents for his second year. Initially, Alex did not match into an intern year (first year) residency program. Alex describes the intense emotional experience of potentially losing his anesthesia residency. Alex talks about the wild ride of "scrambling" or going through SOAP (Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program). Adding to his stress, students and residency directors experienced significant technical difficulties using the online interface. Alex describes how he didn't even have time to process his emotions, before he was forced to start applications and interviews. Alex eventually received an offer for his intern year, and will be completing all of his residency training in Chicago. Alex and I have a great discussion about the interview and application process in the first 30 minutes of our conversation. If you prefer to only listen to his "Match Week" story, please fast forward to about 31 minutes in.

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