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cost of interview season

Discussion in 'ERAS, SOAP, and NRMP Match' started by x1052, Jan 14, 2014.

  1. x1052

    x1052 2+ Year Member

    Sep 18, 2013
    Just for "fun"...

    post your specialty and how much interview season ended up costing you.

    Edit - last year's poster though it out better than I did.

    • Specialty:
    • Total number of interviews attended:
    • ERAS application fees:
    • Matching service fees:
    • Hotels:
    • Rental cars:
    • Gas:
    • Plane tickets:
    • Food:
    • Miscellaneous expenses (parking costs, tolls, etc):
    • Total cost for interview season:
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2014
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  3. Bacchus

    Bacchus Administrator Moderator Physician 10+ Year Member

    Apr 27, 2007
  4. organdonor

    organdonor 7+ Year Member

    Jul 28, 2009
    Family medicine

    2 suits. Various other wardrobe pieces. Although I hope to use them for other things $500

    ~ $50 in gas each to drive to 9 interviews=$450

    All programs paid for hotel rooms and dinner at much nicer restaurants than what I could afford the night before. I did spend a couple extra nights on my own dime at a few spots, along with the occasional breakfast ~$500

    One hotel was attached to a casino and I tried roulette for the first time $200

  5. eastcoastdr

    eastcoastdr 2+ Year Member

    Jul 14, 2012
    Had an old suit. Bought 2 new blouses, shoes, tote bag- $200
    Had to pay for 4 diff discounted hotel stays - approximately $350
    Transportation costs: $70 in subway/public transportation, $700 on plane tickets, $300 in gas for those that I drove to (i'm estimating the gas here...its probably more lol)
    Miscellaneous: Food/coffee while traveling, would probably estimate at around $100

    so total approx: $1720.
    My biggest expense was plane tickets for 2 interviews..I booked late (because it was in places where I wasn't sure about interviewing at) so the ticket prices were jacked up. I did however save a lot of money by staying with friends and family in cities I visited. It was so fun catching up with old friends and really getting a chance to explore the different cities.
  6. shenanigi

    shenanigi 2+ Year Member

    Jun 30, 2011
    $37000. First class flights, rental Aston Martins, and Armani suits (a new one for each interview)
  7. MerickManual


    Nov 30, 2013
    I guess I'll pitch in for this year.

    Family Medicine

    New suit, few blouses, already had shoes/bag = $250
    Gas to 9 interviews, all in state = $400(?)
    3 overnights/hotels = all paid for by programs
    Food: lunch/dinners = all paid for by programs
    Etc (coffee, snacks, randoms) = $50-100(?)

    Total: $700-800?
  8. MadHopsMD

    MadHopsMD 10+ Year Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    I am going to rank 26 places. And NRMP makes me pay for every one over 20. thats 6 times 30 = 180, along with 60 bucks for the first 20. Why do this? ok enough venting.
  9. MerickManual


    Nov 30, 2013
    MadHopsMD, I remember your story: I am rooting for you! Please let us know you matched as soon as you find out. :)
  10. MS87


    Sep 9, 2013

    Because they can. I have to pay a bunch too. Seems ridiculous since I already had to pay extra to apply to the programs
    I thought it was going to be more than 20 for the flat rate, since you can get the first 30 ERAS apps cheap. I guess if you apply to 30 you aren't interviewing at 30 though
  11. shiftingmirage

    shiftingmirage 10+ Year Member

    Sep 2, 2007
    Flights: $1000 (Thank god for SW, or else this would have been a lot more).
    Hotels: $500
    Gas: $200 or so
    Cabs/shuttles/car rental: $500
    Total: $2200.

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