If you look through the NRMP match list for AZCOM's 2000 graduating class (NOTE: it's inaugural class!), you will find a lot of familiar stuff: Internal Med, Family Practice, Joe's Community Hospital, etc, etc. Then, right in the middle of all that stuff, is this: Surgery, Preliminary Year, Johns Hopkins University Hospital. Allright, so somebody cough up the goods: How did someone from a DO school, a brand-spanking-new DO school at that, land one of the most presitigious residencies in the world? Possible suggestions: 1. They knew someone. "Connections" seem to be the most common explanation for things like this. 2. Hopkins weeds a lot of people out of surgery, so they are less picky about who they take (that's a weak one). 3. This person was truly an exceptional student, and Hopkins decided to give them a try. Sooo..... does anyone at AZCOM know the story?