And that’s a wrap. I am now officially Matthew Wixson, M.D. It is pretty hard to believe, but what a weekend!
The last month of medical school was pretty nice. I finished up on Pathology, which was interesting–it really brought things full-circle, as I could see under the microscope diseases I learned about the last few years. I also spent a lot of time reading, working out, spending time outside, etc…the glories of M4 year!
I also got a chance to spend time with friends who are leaving Ann Arbor for residency. Justin, Kevin, Tyson, Bob–gonna miss you guys. Thanks for the memories and for going on this crazy journey with me. It is bittersweet to say goodbye to close friends who have become family, but Sarah and I are excited to go visit their respective new homes [and we have already started planning our trips!] Truly people who are going to change the face of medicine in the future!
We also…bought a house! Since we will be in Ann Arbor for at LEAST four more years, it was time. We are absolutely thrilled and can’t wait to move in and make it our first home.
And…graduation! It was an incredible day. Full of pomp, circumstance, and lots of regalia, it was a beautiful ceremony that really celebrated our last 4 [and more] years. It was the culmination of a dream that started when I was a little boy, and I had to take a few moments and just take it all in, it was that incredible. Our student speaker delivered a challenging and provocative address that I keep thinking about, and I hope to ‘be kind’ throughout residency and beyond. Our commencement speaker was an alum who spoke on healing and imparted wisdom that I will incorporate into my practice. All in all, a great day. And Sarah graduated from law school last night, so we have been riding high all weekend!
I know today is the final commit day for medical school–welcome to those M0s who will soon become M1s, and for those who chose to go somewhere else, best of luck in your medical career. It is a hard journey, but one where you will grow and change in ways you never imagined.
This is my final blog post, so thanks for reading along with me for the past 4 years. Maybe I can get the school to let me write a guest post every so often in the next few years 😉
– Dr. Wixson