Posted By Mark

Stephanie and I finally had something in our lives exciting enough (outside of work) to blog about, and of course it's only taken me 6 weeks to finally blog about it. Last month we had a joint vacation and were able to hit the slopes at Jackson Hole, a ski resort just outside of Jackson, Wyoming.

 

Stephanie and I both love airports. Which is odd considering how much drama we've had in them. It rarely seems to go smoothly. I was meeting Stephanie in Jackson who was flying in from Houston. Of course the day I fly out of Memphis is the day it decides to start snowing. After de-icer truck failures and FIVE total de-icing attempts I was airborne to Chicago an hour and a half later. While traversing the length of O'Hare, I here "last call for boarding" of my flight. Needless to say, residency and The MED food has made me sloth like, not to mention running with ten pound snow boots on might as well be an exercise off of P90X. Another airport close call.

 

The town of Jackson is just the way we like it. A somewhat small, quaint ski village with lots of character. The first day we spent getting our legs back and hitting some cruisers. The resort lived up to it's reputation with a wide variety of terrain. My description of it would be the elevation change of the Alps, the bowls of Vail and the trees of Wolf Creek. Our favorite place to ski previously had been the back bowls and blue sky basin of Vail. But I think Jackson Hole might have taken the lead in all time favorite places to ski. Along this theme here's my list of top five places to ski in the US.

1. Jackson Hole

2. Vail

3. Wolf Creek

4. Crested Butte

5. Steamboat Springs

 

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We were blessed with some gorgeous powder the second day of skiing and took full advantage. We also enjoyed to newly rebuilt 'Big Red' which travels 4,000 feet of elevation in 9 minutes. Stephanie was all proud because the recording on the gondola gives a long warning about being "expert terrain only" before you get off.

 

 

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We decided it would probably be a while before returning to Jackson and that we should take full advantage of being only a few miles from Yellowstone. However, we soon found out that it is inaccessible to standard vehicles during the winter. So, we made due and hopped aboard a snowmobile instead.

 

It was truly one of the funnest things we've ever experienced. Yellowstone was beautiful even in the winter, and who wouldn't enjoy seeing it while going 55 mph on a snowmobile.


 
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After four long years Stephanie and I concluded a chapter in our lives that we begin together shortly after we started dating.  Saturday, May 16 we officially became doctors and received our M.D.  It was somewhat of a surreal moment that still hasn't quite set in.  We had the opportunity to see friends that we hadn't seen in two years and the realization of saying goodbye to friends we may never see again.  Thanks to all of our wonderful classmates and the memories that we shared.

 

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It was a very bittersweet moment leaving Lubbock for the last time. I have lived there the past eight years, four of which with my lovely wife, and have accumulated numerous fond memories. Yet, we are excited about moving to Memphis and the future it holds. We made the rounds in Lubbock seeing and doing all of our lasts. Our last time in the Health Science Center, our last time to eat at Stella's, our last time to drink Sugar Brown's coffee, and our last time to eat at Cafe J (the place of our first date and engagement)... at least for now.

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Posted By Mark

So much has been going on lately, that we’re very behind on our blogging. Here’s goes catching you up. Stephanie and I had our Match Day on March 19 and both matched to the University of Tennessee in Memphis. We are extremely excited about living here as well as for our careers. As a future Pediatrician interested in Hematology/Oncology there’s no better place than St. Jude’s, and as a surgeon I’ll be very well trained at the third highest volume trauma center in the nation. Here are a few pics from Match Day. Congratulations to all our fellow classmates and their future careers!

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Match Day

 
Posted By Mark

Well, we Glovers haven’t blogged in a while. However, we have had many people ask us about Match week and we thought we’d give you an idea of how it works. Throughout the week we will update you as we know more information. Match week is as follows:

 

Monday Morning (3/16/09): This is the day we find out IF we matched. Sometime before 11 A.M. we should get an email that tells us the answer to that question. This is probably what we are most nervous about because if we do not match then we enter what is called “the scramble”. On Tuesday we will race against the clock and other scramblers to match to places that have unfilled spots. As a couple it would be very difficult to find openings in the same town in our respective fields. We are both very nervous about the Monday morning email. If you know us at all, Stephanie is the type that wants to have a Plan A and Plan B in case this happens to us. Of course, if you know Mark, then you know he doesn’t want to even discuss it until it happens. We truly compliment one another and that has made this process easier for us.

 

Thursday Morning (3/19/09): This is actual match day. At 10:45 in the morning our Lubbock class will meet together and eye our hermetically sealed envelopes sitting in the middle of the room. At the Stroke of 11:00 A.M. a bell will dong and we will all rip them open at the same time and find out where we will be for residency. Across America medical students open their envelopes at the same time. So match day starts at 12:00 eastern and adjusts accordingly for each time zone. I know there will be so much emotion in that room in just about a 30 second span. We cannot wait to see where not only we end up but all the wonderful friends we have met in medical school. Everyone has worked hard and we hope the best!

 

Thursday evening: We will have a “Match Day” Dinner and celebrate the end of a crazy week.

 

Finally, a question we often get is “will you guys be together in the same town”. Fortunately, there is a couple’s match to ensure that we won’t be apart. Finally, in case you have been under a rock, Mark is going to be a general surgeon and Stephanie is going into Pediatrics.


 
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On Friday March 13th Mark turned 26. We aren’t huge birthday people but we usually have our favorite cake and a nice dinner. Mark luckily had the day off and we just vegged out. He had his usual Italian Cream Cake that he orders up every year. That night we went to Abuelo’s for dinner. Here’s a photo from our date:


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