If you’ve seen my recent posts, you probably know Friday was Match Day. Match Day was a huge day for us because it revealed where we will live for the next 4 years and what kind of physician Jake will be.
I’ve been so anxious to tell y’all, but decided to live in the moment and take it all in. Being a blogger requires me to be on my phone a lot, and I wanted to take a little social media break to just live life and celebrate this huge accomplishment with Jake.
Wow, first off, what a whirlwind these past few months have been! Jake went to many interviews. I was lucky enough to go with him to check out a few places, including Nashville, Denver, Wisconsin, and Birmingham.
I’m so honored to share that Jake matched at his #1 Anesthesia program, the University of Alabama-Birmingham. When Jake went to interview at UAB, he went in thinking he wouldn’t want to rank it high on his list, although he had heard great things about the program. Well…he interviewed and told me he loved it and would likely be ranking it #1. Before officially ranking it #1, we decided to make a trip down there so I could make sure I loved it too. You can see my Birmingham blog post here.
Prior to this interview season, I didn’t know much about UAB, and was impressed to learn how great of a program they have there. Jake interviewed at one of the Harvard programs and they sent him an article that was published in the main anesthesiology journal (Anesthesia & Analgesia) ranking anesthesiology residency programs based on a number of factors. Harvard sent him this because they were proud they were ranked #3 in the nation, but we were very impressed to see that UAB anesthesia was ranked #6 in the whole nation! The programs ranked above UAB were all in huge cities on the west or east coasts, which just aren’t the kind of place Jake and I are looking to live. Birmingham is a lot like Oklahoma City, where the city is big enough to have everything you need (I was pleasantly surprised that Birmingham is actually a bit bigger and has a few stores I love that OKC doesn’t have, like Lilly Pulitzer!). The cost of living is very reasonable and traffic is not bad at all. We didn’t expect to fall in love with Birmingham, but we definitely did!
I’m very excited because I’ve always wanted to live in the South. My cousins grew up in Georgia and I always secretly was jealous. It’s so charming! Maybe I’ll get a cute southern accent :). To be honest, it was no surprise at all when we opened the envelope to find out we matched at UAB. We had a really good feeling we would match there. Jake even wore his UAB anesthesia shirt to the Match Day ceremony under his button-down shirt. It feels good to finally know though!
We have no clue when we’re moving, but we feel very blessed. It is very bittersweet to leave Oklahoma City. I’ve made some incredible blogger friends that I’ll miss terribly, and I love all of my OKC friends, coworkers and neighbors. We are making a list of must-visit places before we leave. We’re calling it the Tour de OKC.
I’ve already joined a doctor wife group in Birmingham and have had so many lovely ladies reach out to me. I feel so welcomed and I’m looking forward to this new chapter! I know God’s plan is for us to be in Birmingham and I’m feeling so blessed.
Thank y’all for the continued support. Y’all have been so sweet and encouraging through out this process.