I was hoping someone could guide me through the application process, which is somewhat confusing to me. First of all, I need to decide which programs I want to apply to. Besides the Freida website, what other sources do applicants use in making their decision (word of mouth, the various lists of IMG-friendly hospitals all over the www, US News and World Reports, etc.)? Second of all, I need to directly contact each program I am considering. Do I do that via e-mail?Do I request for a brochure? If so, do they generally send them overseas or should I set up an address in the States? Also, I'm guessing that I should ask if they grant interviews to IMGs. Correct? Should I also give a little background on myself when making the request? And should I already start sending out for info now or is it considered too early? Also, when is the best time to apply, since I've heard conflicting opinions about it. Any input would be appreciated.