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Hello all,

This is my situation. I applied for a residency through ERAS in a program in Upstate NY. (The name of program left out on purpose).

The program office sent me an official email through ERAS inviting me to interview. I confirmed my wish to come over the phone - spoke to the sec & another guy handling interviews.

Here's the problem: I made the travel arrangements over the weekend and the guy sends me another email telling me now NOT to show up!!! Go figure!!!

Either the guy is a nut-job or something happened along the way that changed his mind real quick.

So my questions to fellow SND readers is what to do now? Here are my options:

1. Forget this program and let it go - including the cost of the air tickets and all.
2. Report the program, I dunno if he has violated any ERAS guidelines or anything.
3. Duke it out in small claims court for the money.
4. ........your suggestion............

Really confused and a bit upset over this.

Would appreciate any positive inputs.

Thanks and have a great day!
 

atsai3

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Hello all,

This is my situation. I applied for a residency through ERAS in a program in Upstate NY. (The name of program left out on purpose).

The program office sent me an official email through ERAS inviting me to interview. I confirmed my wish to come over the phone - spoke to the sec & another guy handling interviews.

Here's the problem: I made the travel arrangements over the weekend and the guy sends me another email telling me now NOT to show up!!! Go figure!!!

Either the guy is a nut-job or something happened along the way that changed his mind real quick.

So my questions to fellow SND readers is what to do now? Here are my options:

1. Forget this program and let it go - including the cost of the air tickets and all.
2. Report the program, I dunno if he has violated any ERAS guidelines or anything.
3. Duke it out in small claims court for the money.
4. ........your suggestion............

Really confused and a bit upset over this.

Would appreciate any positive inputs.

Thanks and have a great day!
Without further information it is impossible to say whether you have legal grounds.

Even if you did, it is unclear whether pursuing this as a legal matter is worth your time. You might first try sending the program coordinator a nice letter with your receipts and details of the correspondence, and ask for reimbursement of your costs.

-AT.
 

gutonc

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Without further information it is impossible to say whether you have legal grounds.

Even if you did, it is unclear whether pursuing this as a legal matter is worth your time. You might first try sending the program coordinator a nice letter with your receipts and details of the correspondence, and ask for reimbursement of your costs.

-AT.
Maybe you could start with a polite phone call to the PC asking what happened and explaining the situation. If you've already done that, a polite email to the PD telling him/her about the situation. Mistakes happen.

I think lawyering up as a first step seems a little drastic.
 

atsai3

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Maybe you could start with a polite phone call to the PC asking what happened and explaining the situation. If you've already done that, a polite email to the PD telling him/her about the situation. Mistakes happen.
Even better idea.

-AT.
 

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Hello all,

This is my situation. I applied for a residency through ERAS in a program in Upstate NY. (The name of program left out on purpose).

The program office sent me an official email through ERAS inviting me to interview. I confirmed my wish to come over the phone - spoke to the sec & another guy handling interviews.

Here's the problem: I made the travel arrangements over the weekend and the guy sends me another email telling me now NOT to show up!!! Go figure!!!

Either the guy is a nut-job or something happened along the way that changed his mind real quick.

So my questions to fellow SND readers is what to do now? Here are my options:

1. Forget this program and let it go - including the cost of the air tickets and all.
2. Report the program, I dunno if he has violated any ERAS guidelines or anything.
3. Duke it out in small claims court for the money.
4. ........your suggestion............

Really confused and a bit upset over this.

Would appreciate any positive inputs.

Thanks and have a great day!
I would try to get my money back for sure. I wouldn't even ask for an interview anymore since they clearly made a mistake or something and an invitation now would just be out of obligation.
 

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1. Send a polite email to the program director explaining how their mix-up has cost you travel money, and that you would appreciate reimbursement.

2. If they refuse, consult a lawyer as to what grounds you have for legal retribution.

3. If you have legal grounds, and you likely do, you can get your lawyer to send them a form letter politely requesting full reimbursement or legal action will be taken. If they don't reimburse, go to court.
 
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1. Send a polite email to the program director explaining how their mix-up has cost you travel money, and that you would appreciate reimbursement.

2. If they refuse, consult a lawyer as to what grounds you have for legal retribution.

3. If you have legal grounds, and you likely do, you can get your lawyer to send them a form letter politely requesting full reimbursement or legal action will be taken. If they don't reimburse, go to court.
I wonder if other PDs, at other programs that you applied to, would know that you did this (i.e. consulted a lawyer). And I wonder what effect it would have on you matching, period.
 

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What was their reason for telling you not to show up anymore?
 

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2. If they refuse, consult a lawyer as to what grounds you have for legal retribution.
On what basis? An interview offer isn't a contract. The program is just guilty of bad judgment.

aGoodDoc- Post what you did and what happens. A program is going to be uncomfortable paying out travel expenses for you, so they may just offer you another interview date.