Re: gender and physical exam class...at my med school, they actually required us to have a partner of the opposite gender. It was like pairing off for prom, except that my class had more guys than girls so you really had to pair off quickly. Despite the initial awkwardness, at least one couple, and maybe as many as 3 (tough to remember who was with who), who came to med school not knowing each other, actually ended up getting married by the end. This was not an uncommon occurrence apparently. Also played right in to the old cliche of "studying anatomy together".
I'm starting my own new page next week as well. I can already say that the first day of fellowship is WAY less scary than the first day of residency, even if I am dealing with the most critically ill patients in the hospital.