So apparently, residency match is coming up in the next month.
EEK! Aren't you guys EXCITED????
In honor of the upcoming match, I did a little exercise involving the match list from my graduating med school class, inexplicably still saved on my hard drive:
I picked out the hottest 10 girls in my class and the hottest 10 guys, and I wrote down what each of them matched in. (I was bored. And possibly drunk.)
It was really easy to pick out the top 10 hottest girls in my class. Maybe female beauty is just more objective. Within a minute, I had a list and could have added a few more even.
I mulled over the top 10 guys for a long time, struggling to come up with 10 guys in my former class that I actually thought were attractive. It was hard because I didn't want my own personal preferences about the opposite sex to get in the way of this extremely important, objective exercise. I like nerdy, overweight guys with glasses. That's probably not any universal standard of male attractiveness though. Or, I don't know, maybe my class just had a lot of unattractive guys.
Anyway, these were the results:
Top 10 girls: General surgery, pediatrics, pediatrics, medicine, medicine, psychiatry, neurology, anesthesia, rad-onc.
Top 10 guys: Ortho, ortho, urology, plastics, dermatology, anesthesia, EM, general surgery, pediatrics, radiology
So from these lists, we can deduce that the hot guys did much better in the match than the hot girls, going for far more competitive specialties. So if you're a guy, it helps your career to be hotter. If you're a girl, not so much.
Although really, that's not the case at all. Looking at the general list, it seems like the guys just matched more competitively in general. The ortho matches were all guys, of course. So were all the urology matches. Even radiology was mostly guys. Derm, ophthalmology: all guys. The only competitive specialties that matched a good number of females were anesthesia and EM.
So in summary, being hotter probably wouldn't have helped me match in a more competitive specialty. Growing a penis might have.