After months of anticipation, you find out that you matched! From the moment you find out the match results, your emotions go into overdrive and your mind becomes a whirlwind of questions. First, take a deep breath and think about the following: you have to finish pharmacy school, find a place to live, take your boards, get licensed in one or more states, and figure out your student loan situation. The key to taking care of all this business is to plan ahead. Even in the months before the match, you can create a timeline and begin the process of preparing for the upcoming changes. Before the match you can set a goal of when you would ideally like to take the boards, complete appropriate paperwork, and work with your loan provider to set up an alternative loan repayment program while you are a resident. The more organized and prepared you are for the changes that are about to ensue, the better you will be able to complete everything that needs to be done in the post-match days. You do not want to spend the last 2 months of pharmacy school running yourself ragged. You want to spend your time soaking up 2 more months of knowledge as a pharmacy student, celebrating graduation with your family and friends, and looking toward the next year of your life with excitement and anticipation.
The match results are published in late March, and most residencies begin on July 1st. Do the math; that leaves you approximately 3 months to take care of some vital planning.
Just like a drug information question, the best thing to do here is utilize your resources. The current resident(s) at your future residency program probably experienced some of the same things last year as you are experiencing now. Before talking to them, you need to decide a few things: Do you want a roommate or do you want to live by yourself? Do you want to live in an apartment or a house? Do you want to live as close as possible to the hospital or do you mind a commute of some sort? What is your price range? Answering all of these questions lets you combine your questions into a single email or phone conversation with folks at your new program. Here are some things to consider that may help you decide on some of the nitty-gritty details. Having a roommate looks glamorous because you will be able to save money, but sometimes after working 80-hour weeks it may be nice to have a haven all to yourself in order to enjoy some peace and quiet. If you have the opportunity to live with someone that is going to be a coresident, consider the amount of time that you will be spending with them at work, as well as at home.
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