As some of you were apparently disturbed by the fact that I have a “soul patch” or “flavor savor” from the last post, I must admit that I do indeed have a goatee. In fact, I’ve had it since I was 18 years of age, have sported various lengths, styles, and colors (red and green at one time), and consider it part of my image, my essence.
Unfortunately I will be shaving it off for the next several months in order to appear more “professional” during away rotations and interviews. I remember doing the exact same thing 4 years ago when interviewing for medical school and just felt naked without my chin fuzz. I’ve gotten accustomed to reaching up and feeling coarse hair on my chin and when I touched it during interviews I always wondered: “Where the hell is my goatee?!” Of course I’d remember before jumping up to see if it was still there, but man, did it feel weird. Plus I think it makes my face look fatter without it. Don't know why, but it does.
Actually I've noticed a lot of similarities recently between applying for residency and applying for medical school. I’m still lost, have no clue what to do or what’s best to write, and hate the whole process. I just hope that the outcome is a little better than what it was last time – got in, but not at my first choice.