Ever since I got my iPhone during my third year of medical school, I’ve become increasingly dependent on it. This is a double-edged sword: while I have almost instant access to all kinds of medical resources, apps, and calculators, I also have developed a tendency to overly rely on technology. I check my email more often, I’m on Facebook and Pinterest more than I’d ever want to admit, and I scan the news several times a day.
None of this has ever compared to the technology compulsiveness that I have developed during the process of applying to residency programs.
We jokingly call it trigger finger: constantly being on your phone to check for interview invitations. And it’s a necessary evil, because interviews go fast. If you want a specific date, you need to be ready to answer that email or make that phone call within ten minutes. (Attention third years: if you don’t have a smart phone, I would seriously consider getting one before September of your fourth year. As much as I’m complaining about my phone and how distracting it is, it has landed me at least one interview that would have filled up otherwise. Like I said, it’s … view full post »