It is not just
the date that Disney World opened (in 1971), the 274th day of the year, World Vegetarian Day, Nobel Peace Prize recipient and former president Jimmy Carter's birthday, and Children's Day (in Singapore).
But October 1st (this year, 2012) is also "the day that MSPEs are released to ACGME accredited residency programs" according to ERAS and the AAMC. And just a couple of weeks after you were able to officially submit your application for residency
What did we used to call the Medical Student Performance Evaluation
It was the Dean's Letter,
renamed MSPE in 2002.Q:
Who wrote yours?A:
It was likely your student affairs dean who has long known you and served as your advocate, your career guidance counselor.Q:
What's included in the MSPE?A:
Among other things, it will highlight your unique characteristics, your academic history, a narrative about your academic progress and professional attributes, an explanation of any gaps, a summary of your performance relative to your peers, and information about your medical school. Also, a note about whether the student at that school are permitted to review his/her MSPE
prior to transmission. Bottom line:
Keep making the most of your 4th year of medical school and whatever else you may be doing (writing a novel, traveling the world, breastfeeding your baby) , even as you gear up for your opportunity to shine during interviews and any away electives you might have scheduled.
Looking for a match:
Residency programs are nearly as excited as you are about the prospect of finding the perfect match. Not like Kim Kardashian, Sinead O'Connor, Dennis Rodman, or Lisa Marie Presley's marital matches,
but a solid 3 year career work-life match.
So let the residency interview season begin/continue.