“You are great Conrad, we will see you here in July”
“You are exactly what we have been looking for”
“You are ranked high enough to match here”
I heard all these things when I was preparing my rank list. I was not exactly lied to. I remember the excuse I heard to this day “We put you at position 17, we alway go to position 20-25 on our rank list. We could not have predicted we would only go to position 12”
I was heart broken. I now, in retrospect, see what a disaster it would have been to have matched in my first choice. I matched at my fourth choice. A preliminary spot in medicine.
Later, I switched to categorical medicine, and because the chief resident.
How could I have known?