Friday, September 01, 2006

And My ERAS is Off!

After two months of working on my personal statement and entering my CV into the system, my residency application has been submitted. Today was the first day applicants are able submit their ERAS (Electronic Residency Application System) so that programs directors can view them.

I am happy -- and slightly surprised -- that I was able to make it on opening day since last night I was a mess. In anticipation of submitting today, I read and re-read my application literally dozens of times despite having reviewed and edited all my documents countless times throughout the past few months. As the night went on, I re-read my application with increasing frequency per hour ... in the afternoon I would look over everything about once an hour, and by the time I went to bed, I would fill up entire hour reading everything back to back ... once I finished reading it, I'd start all over and read it again. I couldn't put my application down, and yet I wasn't changing anything with each additional read. I was definitely driving myself crazy.

I woke up extra early this morning, ready to submit at last, but was prompted by numerous dialog boxes asking questions like "Are you sure you want to submit", followed by "You cannot change your application after you submit", to "Your application will be locked now", to "This is an irrevocable step" ... with each additional click, my anxiety levels rose further and my stomach twisted even more around itself. I'm surprised the final box didn't ask "Did you get your mother's permission to submit?"

I felt sick for about an hours after I submitted, but luckily that subsided. Only then was I happy and relieved. Thinking about it, a few days doesn't matter much, but at least now I do not have to worry about it during this long weekend)

Anyway, nothing to do now but wait for interviews ... I hope.

(How did I write so many words on such a simple event?)

1 comment:

foofoo5 said...

Rest easy. You'll get the interviews. You're obviously a smart man and see the irony of the system. The only people not sweating are the overly-concrete (and you may interpret that as you will!). I never understood all the commotion around the application and selection process. They seem to revel in making you feel like you're lying on the table, watching the Warden wait for a call from the Governor, before they buy you the ranch. And you generally end up going where you wanted to go in the first place, but now you have to feel grateful!

I screwed up and had to start a new blog. You're at the top of the alphabetical sort. So much for selection...