A Happy Ending and New Beginning

This post is both for those who have been following along for seven years and those who may stumble across my blog in the future as they begin their own journey as a medical spouse or Ross student.

To be honest, at some points I doubted if I would ever be able to report a happy ending to our medical school journey.

After the first two years in Dominica and then spending a year in California in the waiting room, we moved to Michigan for Chris's rotations. Rotations went well and Chris graduated from RUSM in 2015.

But as most foreign medical students know, graduation does not guarantee anything. Chris took his time after walking to take and pass the USMLE Step 2. He applied for the 2016 Match and had several interviews but didn't match. It was disappointing, to say the least.

We decided that we liked Michigan enough to stay put after graduation. Although the winters have taken a bit of getting used to, we've found community, friendship, and support both at our local church and CrossFit box.

Chris took everything in stride and did not give up or remain stagnant. In the last two years, he attended and graduated the Michigan Police Academy and Fire Academy, earned his EMT license, has almost completed his Paramedic license, and has taught at the local community college, all while working at Henry Ford doing EM research.


When the 2017 Match came around, Chris decided to focus on Family Medicine. After seven years of hard work, dreaming, and prayer, I am so happy to share that Chris matched at Central Michigan University! He is officially working as a resident physician in their Family Medicine program. :)

If you're in the middle of a medical school journey of your own right now, don't give up! And most importantly, keep moving forward. 

Everything always works out for the good in the end. Be patient and hang in there!

And as for us, we are on to our next priceless adventure...


Our next Big Adventure!

Have you ever thought for sure something was going to happen and then it didn't?  My husband and I both really felt like he would be placed in California for the next year of his clinical clerkships.

On the day the placements were announced we were shocked to find out he was put in a one year track in a state other than California. In a program he didn't even apply for. We thought it was a mistake and after finally getting hold of RUSM (5 days later) they informed us why he was put there and that it would be the best thing for him.

Here's the surprising thing: We totally agree.

Are we InstaFriends?
So at the end of this month we will pack our bags, box up our home, load a U-Haul and once again hit the road. We're moving to... MICHIGAN!!!

Have you ever been to Michigan? Leave me some advice!


A Little Trip to the Big Apple

Our first trip to New York was absolutely amazing! My amazing friend Tarah lives in New York and was happy to take us on the touristy tour on the city.

We took the bus & subway in from New Jersey to Central Park to meet Tarah. I was pleasantly surprised by how painless it was to take public transportation, and even happier to see Tarah again! We hadn't seen each other since last spring in Dominica.

Tarah suggested we go to the Top of the Rock to really get a feel for the size of New York. Holy Moly, it's huge! I am in complete awe of the city and people who live there.

Because it was Memorial Day the city was fairly empty and the great weather made it the perfect day to walk and explore. We visited the Library, Washington Square, Grand Central, the villages, and even ate pizza at an outdoor restaurant in Little Italy. 

Our last stop was Times Square for a quick pic and look around before hitting the subway back to NJ. The day was too short! But we had an awesome time, and I look forward to visiting again someday. 


Thus begins rotations..

I'm not entirely sure where the last two months have gone, but we are no longer in the waiting room! My med-school husband is actually 3 weeks into his first rotation: Psychiatry in New Jersey.

Isn't he handsome? I'm so proud of him for getting this far! These next two years are going to fly by.


The RUSM Waiting Room...

I haven't said much recently about the med school process because I just don't have much news. We had heard from several people along the way that students at Ross have to be their own biggest advocate, that you can easily fall into an abyss of waiting and no responses, that the counselors really don't give a hoot about the students; we just didn't want to believe it to be true. I always chalked those stories up to 'negative people will just be negative' but somehow we've found ourselves in that endless waiting room and I'm beginning to wonder if there is any validity to the rumors.

He took and passed his Step 1 exam two months ago and has yet been told where he will be going for rotations. Ross has a limited number of spots in "track" programs where you do all your rotations at the same hospital. It seems that if you don't get placed in a track program then you are in a different boat. He has called Ross countless times and each time they respond with a different reason why his counselor isn't in the office that day or how they can't put him through to a counselor until his paperwork is all verified.

I'm not saying that RUSM is purposefully being discriminatory to my husband because I honestly think he's just another name on a paper to them. It's just unbelievably frustrating to watch him being pushed back and back.

The good in this situation is that despite all the setbacks, we've been given the gift of extra time to spend together. We've been able to do 'regular' things again like spend the day watching movies and visiting friends. I've managed to get a good job that has provided for us financially and laid the foundation for a career in higher ed.

When it's announced where he will be sent for rotations we may have some tough decisions to make but until that day we are trying not to worry about it. I can't tell you where this adventure is headed next, but I can tell you that I'm working on having patience in the waiting room.