SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) So I can't really find any good data on this. I'm a pretty average applicant for EM. Average Step 1 score, slightly above average clinical grades (I guess). A lot of experience before med school (I'm old). I want to stay in my home city (Philly) mainly because of my wife. There are 7 programs that wouldn't require me to move. 2 are 4 year programs which are less desirable to me. I think ranking about 10 programs gets you into some pretty good odds for matching. How many programs do you need to apply to in order to get to that number? 10, 20, 30, etc. My advisor told me to go for about 25 and then decline interviews if I get a good response. It seems like a bunch of bs to apply to that many programs, but I want to play the game to make sure I match. It will be pretty disruptive to my family if I make them move, but I want to make sure I match at the same time. My wife will move, but she'll be pretty pissed if we have to. Any advice is welcome. Thanks!