A Christmas Carol for the Match

Recently, I got to give a talk to an audience considering the potential risks and benefits of making certain changes to the residency selection process.

My goal was to highlight problems in the current system – and emphasize the potential harms of doing nothing. And since it was the week before Christmas, I chose to accomplish this using a holiday theme.

Here’s a version of that talk. (Although I made some minor changes to preserve anonymity, the central argument and logical structure remain intact.)

Screenshot from the opening of the video, showing Charles Dickens gazing across his desk, and the title “A Christmas Carol For the Match.”

Running time: 22:39

“You are fettered,” said Scrooge, trembling. “Tell me why?”

“I wear the chain I forged in life,” replied the Ghost. “I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my own free will, and of my own free will I wore it.”

-Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol


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