I’ve officially completed one month of oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at Georgia Regents University! Woo! That’s 2.08% of residency in the books. Looking back, here’s a list of things that helped make my life easier and my days run more smoothly. Although I didn’t have them all on day one, had I known earlier, it would have saved me some time (and stress) running around purchasing items while also adjusting to life as a resident.
Dr. Stephanie Zastrow is a 2015 graduate from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and a past ASDA leader. She is a first year oral and maxillofacial surgery resident at Georgia Regents University in Augusta, Georgia. After matching, she started The OMFS Girl, a blog dedicated to both her experiences as a resident and her life in the South. One of her recent posts about her first night on call is reposted here…
On January 26th, a flurry of Facebook posts popped up in my newsfeed from elated students announcing their match day results. For many, match day served as the end of a long application process to various specialty programs, general practice residencies (GPRs), and advanced education in general dentistry (AEGD) programs. For some, this served as a dress rehearsal in preparation for another attempt at matching next year. Regardless, going through the Match process takes some serious effort and persistence, but a little background knowledge will help you get through without breaking a sweat.