I also have a Rank List dilemma...
I am a fourth
year medical student applying for a categorical spot in Child Neurology.
I just found out I am pregnant with #1! We were not really trying but
it was a pleasant surprise, despite the fact that I am due in early
October which will be four months into my intern year, yikes! So, I
will be entering residency visibly pregnant and then after a too brief
maternity leave, I will have to finish intern year with a newborn.
Ideal? No. But I am not going to take the year off and I am lucky in
that my husband is further along in his medical career and will have a more
flexible schedule than me. We have NO IDEA where
we will end up as there are relatively few spots in Child Neuro thus I
applied widely and will be ranking programs from coast to coast. By
matching categorical that means I do Peds for two
years followed by three years in Neurology but at the same
institution. I know that Peds tends to be more family friendly than
some other programs but I got a sense that some programs were much more
supportive than others. None of the programs I interviewed at are aware
of my pregnancy as I just found out myself. I don't think I need to
disclose this and fear that it would only hurt my chances of ranking....
But if anyone has been in a similar situation or thinks that I am wrong
I would love to hear her advice.
My other question is whether or
not I should let the "family feel" of each program influence my rank
order. Several of my top programs are very academic and I think the
residents tend to be a bit younger (thus less likely to have families
already) and so I wonder if it will be an issue for me to be
pregnant/out for maternity/breast-feeding/etc. Part of me thinks that
intern year going to be difficult no matter where I go and
that I'll figure it out and make whatever I need to work. But the other
part of me (the emotional, tired, newly pregnant part) wants to be a
program that will be supportive and celebrate with me. I feel like I did
interview at programs like that but they were mainly General Peds
programs. Thus I would have to take an extra year to complete Peds and
then reapply for Child Neuro fellowship as an advanced candidate in a
year. I'm not crazy about the idea of taking an extra year to train when
I already know what I want to do. Nor do I want to have to reapply and
interview again. Furthermore, I think it would be disruptive to my
husband's career to have to move again in three years as well. But
again, if anyone has been through a similar situation or has any advice I
would love to hear it.
Pregnant and matching, oh my!