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Am I being unreasonable?

Discussion in 'ERAS, SOAP, and NRMP Match' started by koopaling, Oct 1, 2014.

  1. koopaling


    Oct 1, 2014
    So, I am a fairly competitive applicant for my desired field in terms of board scores, research, and whatnot, but I have not received interview invitations from several programs that other people have already gotten one from, despite having submitted on the first day. The only problem that is jumping out at me is 2 errors I made on my ERAS application, in one instance accidentally inserting a period in the middle of one of my supervisor's names on my CV and not catching it, and referring to an employer as Dr. *Doctor's Name*, MD, which is obviously redundant. I've heard many people harp on typos and grammatical errors in the past, and I'm concerned that this may be what is keeping me from seeing more interviews. Am I being crazy, or does this sound likely?

    My personal statement is clean and error free, for what that's worth.
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  3. rokshana

    rokshana Member Physician 10+ Year Member

    Sep 19, 2004
    you may think you are competitive, but in reality you may not be…or your application doesn't strike a cord with them.

    its early yet, hopefully you applied to a wide range of program and not just the top 25 in your field.
  4. koopaling


    Oct 1, 2014
    I accept that those could be alternative explanations, but does the "no"mean "no, you are not being unreasonable to think it's the typos" or "no, it's not likely to be the typos."

    I do have some interviews, one of which is from a top program, but maybe they just missed those errors like I did. >_>
  5. rd31

    rd31 7+ Year Member

    Jun 21, 2010
    I think you're being ridiculous. I don't see how this would have any effect whatsoever on your application.
  6. lantern

    lantern 2+ Year Member

    Sep 20, 2014
    I do the worrying thing a lot. Have a similar concern, but I feel like this is probably not a deal breaker to most.
  7. koopaling


    Oct 1, 2014
    Do most programs send out several waves of invites, or should I not expect anything from the ones who have already invited people?
  8. SouthernSurgeon

    SouthernSurgeon Physician Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 7+ Year Member

    Dec 17, 2008
    You are being ridiculous.

    Anecdotally, it is taking programs longer to review apps this year in the new ERAS system and interviews are coming out in smaller, rolling batches (at least at the handful of programs in my field I have access to this kind of information about).

    Keep calm. It is still early.
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  9. koopaling


    Oct 1, 2014
    Thanks for the reassurance.

    This is a stressful time. I'm sure I'm not the only who is a little more wound up than usual.
  10. lockjaw

    lockjaw 7+ Year Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    New England
    My program is reviewing applications alphabetically. It's taking longer because of the new web-based ERAS, so thus far no one with a last name in the second half of the alphabet has even had their application looked at yet. I can't imagine that we're the only program where something like this is the case. Give it more time before you begin to worry too much about not receiving invites.
  11. koopaling


    Oct 1, 2014
    My last name name starts with C! O_O

    (Don't worry, I'm not actually freaking out about this. Yet.)
  12. gutonc

    gutonc No Meat, No Treat Administrator Physician PhD 10+ Year Member

    Mar 6, 2005
    A fibrotic stroma
    You registered on SDN solely to ask this question. Nobody believes this statement.
  13. Law2Doc

    Law2Doc 5K+ Member Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    Doubtful this has anything to do with it. Most likely the programs got a lot of applications that were competitive and some other aspects of others applications caught their interests more than yours. This isn't an all about the numbers process. They are recruiting a colleague for the next X years so the subjective apects matter too. Quite often on SDN people assume they are a "fairly competitive applicant" based solely on their board scores and don't appreciate that someone with ten points lower on step 1 but an amazing story or who has accomplshed amazing things is really the much stronger applicant. You don't see what others have in their applications so you can really only know how competitive you were (other than the numbers, which is more of a baseline) after the match.
  14. DTUD

    DTUD 2+ Year Member

    Sep 22, 2010
    Also, with regards to other people getting interviews from programs you applied to. I know my program divides the apps up among people on a committee and each person works through a batch. They work at different rates, so one person might bang them out right away, while another might take a couple days. So it's unlikely that if you weren't in the first batch to receive an interview that it's game over (or so I tell myself). Although I'm not sure if they each have free reign to give out interviews or if every batch of interviews has to be ok'd by the PD first (this would seem like it would take far too long).
  15. calvnandhobbs68

    calvnandhobbs68 I KNOW NOTHING 7+ Year Member

    May 20, 2010
    Yes, there are various different ways programs look through applications. What they can't do is look through 2000 applications in a week and a half.
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  16. mcl

    mcl 7+ Year Member

    Sep 6, 2008
    Agreed. Web-based ERAS has been awful for efficiency.
  17. SouthernSurgeon

    SouthernSurgeon Physician Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 7+ Year Member

    Dec 17, 2008
    As you are seeing - there are a variety of ways programs go through the apps. Our program uses a variety of filters to sort applicants into different "baskets" so to speak. Most of the first week apparently was spent building those filters from scratch in the new system
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