So an update, my friend Bishoy, who applied to Neurosurgery, and my friends Mina and Vahe, who both applied to General Surgery, did not match. Please keep them and anyone else in your prayers as they try to apply for vacancies. I know them all personally. They would all make excellent surgeons. Very bright, intelligent, competent, passionate, but surgery is an extremely competitive field. Even with high scores, it proved quite difficult for them to make it first time around. Sad truth: it's sometimes who you know, and not merit alone. May the Lord strengthen their hearts and give them the residencies they are passionate about and deserve.