She applied a couple times at the closest training hospital which happened to be where she worked as a medical researcher. However, it was also home to a University known for their medicine program and was flush with new graduates looking to get into the residency program. My wife tried to increase her odds by doing volunteer residency where she basically shadowed a doctor for a month at a time but in the end, they were more interested in recent graduates than someone who had graduated a decade and a half earlier and had been out of the industry for almost five years.
So we made the difficult decision of looking further away and eventually my wife was accepted into the program in our capital city of Iowa, a place I have deemed the urban jungle. It is twice as far away as the nearest place which necessitated the need for renting an apartment where my wife could stay during the week. On the weekends, she either comes home or we go up there depending on if she is working those days or not. It meant that for a large part of the week, I would be holding down a full time job and raising my daughter by myself. I wasn't so sure that I could do that and had she been younger, I wouldn't have but as it turns out, we've been able to do just fine.
The reason that I write about all this is because if you pay attention to the counter on the left side down at the bottom of my sidebar, it now reads less than 730 days, i.e. she has one year completed and only two more to go. She is now considered a "senior" resident so although she has to call the shots, she has people that work for her now and do most of the dirty work. In a couple months, she will complete the final test of her medical license exam and officially be licensed to practice medicine in this country. Only two more years left. After nearly four years of dating across an ocean, two years 150 miles apart is a walk in the park.
When she finishes her residency, her plan it to move back to rural southeast Iowa and practice medicine among us impoverished folks. She has grown to like it here and best of all, people are literally begging for her to practice medicine here. I hope that it might someday equate to money being thrown at her but until then, the begging is reassuring. Doctors, like many people these days are flocking to the city so there is real competition there for jobs while out here, there isn't. I'm already pushing for interviews only in small riverside towns with an abundance of cheap river bluff top land.