So I am aware that this is probably not the kind of content that a lot of you are here for. Many of you read my blog for the [ahem] swatches, foundation reviews, and skincare ingredient breakdowns. However, this has been a topic that has really been on my mind recently and has come up several times in conversations both with my peers and with some of my attending physicians that I am closer with.
For those of you that aren’t stuck inside of the bubble that is medical school and residency, this is the time of year where fourth year medical students submit their applications to residency programs and begin to go on interviews to find the place where they will be training for the next several years as physicians. This process can be quite competitive, and tends to be fairly anxiety-inducing for most of us involved.
Around this time of year, it isn’t uncommon to see fourth year medical students changing their names on Facebook, locking down all of their social media accounts on the most private settings, and essentially doing whatever they can to ensure that potential residency programs might not see something that could be considered or misconstrued out of context as unprofessional. Considering how high stakes the residency match is, this is a completely reasonable set of actions to take. The culture of the medical profession tends to lean in the direction of “old school” to put it colloquially– so conservatism is typically a safe bet.
I’m not creating this post to criticize that culture of privacy…but I would like to present an alternative option. Hear me out.