Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Stink-face States

Dr. D and I on the phone, going over which programs he should send his residency application to:


Him: "Why don't we just start at the top of the list and work our way down alphabetically?"

Me: "---NYeahhhh, that's a great idea.  Makes complete sense."

Him: "Okay.  Alabama."

Me: "........"

Him: "You're making a stink-face, aren't you?"

Me: "...yes.  You're not?"

Him: "What about Arkansas?"

Me: "........"

Him: "This does not bode well."

I have this problem where I can't control my face.  Or at least, I can't control my face in reaction to something I don't like or am anticipating not liking.  My loving husband knows this about me---he's had about sixteen years of experience dealing with how my face looks in these situations, and has dubbed it my "stink-face."

I'm pretty sure we all have a version of this face, am I right?  And in our case, mine was a useful tool for determining residency prospects.  Much to Dr. D's chagrin.

Don't get me wrong---to my knowledge, there is nothing innately horrible about Alabama, Arkansas, or any other stink-face state.  I'm sure we could find redeeming qualities about each of them.

I just can't control the face, people.

All told, we still ended up applying to a whopping 70 ENT programs (out of 105 total in the nation, some of which are military only).  We've got to cast a wide net, because this is a tough specialty to match in to.  There are people who literally do not match anywhere, and that scares the daylights out of us.

Luckily I know that Dr. D is brilliant, has great scores and experiences, and can pretty much charm the heck out of even the most demure docs.  At the risk of sounding boastful, I'm confident enough for the both of us that we'll match.  And we are determined to make the most out of next year's adventure in our new, non-stink-face home.

Anybody else have stink-face states?


Corinne said...

I had some stink states myself! :)
I agree that it's hard to hide it even when you may not know anything about the place! Which I realize is unfair judgment...but I can't help it.

DJ said...

I think we need to see a photo of this stinkface.

Louisiana is a stinkface state for me. So is Arkansas... Alabama is a neutral face. I could go on and on, because I was actually thinking, come rank-list time, of taking some photobooth pictures of the face I might make if we match in certain places. (Wouldn't that be a lovely blog?) I think one could consider some of them stinkfaces.

Last year at match day, when Y was set on ER, two students from our school matched ER at IOWA. You better believe I was stinkfacing.

Anonymous said...

Haha I totally have a stink-face.
And the mister and I just started using FaceTime to communicate while he's at school - and it's making it even harder to disguise any ummmm... distaste I migh have for something he is saying!!
(And holy-moly 70 programs?? I'm so excited/nervous/anxious for you guys!)

Mrs. Dr. D said...

@Corinne: Seriously... I couldn't help but feel judgmental, and yet those gut feelings have to some from somewhere, right?

@DJ: I don't have a picture of my stinkface in particular, but I have the combo stinkface/"wtf were you thinking" face here. Iowa was one for me too, I just didn't want to list them allllll out and risk offending everyone.

@alongdistance: LOVE FaceTime. What a blessing in a long-distance relationship.

Tiffany said...

My stink face was for Danville, PA, where the population is probably like 4,000.

Good luck to Dr. D during interview season!

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