Originally Posted by medpedsisme
Believe me, I feel your stress about this whole hurry up and wait game. But being that I have only heard from 3 out of the 17 places I applied to and I sent my application in early September--I think you are fine having submitted your application on Saturday. At my school, we were told that other specialties are really compulsive about timing of applications (ENT, ortho, and the early match ones), but I do not think that is true of Med-Peds or any primary care specialty (Forncroj and all the other Med-Peds gurus, correct me if I am wrong). I think you are lucky to have heard from one program so close to when you submitted--you must be a great applicant
Did I hear my name?
I didn't finish reviewing our Sept applications until last week - at 60+ applicants/position, this takes awhile, even when using data filters to screen for non-starters.
In case you find a 60:1 ratio intimidating - don't! Part of the difficulty in screening applications is the enormous number of FMG applications. Most of them don't meet one or more parts of my screening criteria, but much of this has to reviewed personally (those with no US experience, multiple attempts on one or more USMLE steps, personal statements that describe physicians as like "a messiah" (no kidding!) or don't mention Med-Peds.
Med-Peds, like all primary care residencies, suffer from lack of interest among USMG's and consequently are not as competitive as they might seem. Despite there being almost 80 programs recruiting this year, most of you seem to be applying to the same ones. I haven't counted, but I don't think I've seen much more than half of them listed in this thread. One particularily strong midwest program has only been mentioned once (and no, I'm not talking about mine). Unless you have serious geographical constraints, I'd recommend you cast out your nets a little more widely.
If you haven't looked, I suggest you review Med-Peds match data at http://www.nrmp.org/data/chartingoutcomes2007.pdf