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dankni6

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Is there a politically correct way to enquire about your position on a program's rank list?

I'm thinking something like this: "Hi, Mr. PD I liked your program very much and will be ranking it highly. Could you give me any *feedback?*"

Anybody out there have any advice?? Especially of those that have tried something like this.
 

limabean

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Just in my opinion, I don't think it really matters. I'm sure if you asked they would probably use the same vague terms that we use such as "ranking highly" or "competitive candidate" which really doesn't mean anything. In addition you run the risk of putting some PDs off- its OK to volunteer a person's position however it is agaisnt the match rules for either party to directly inquire about how they are being ranked. Finally you should rank programs in the order that you want to go to them, period. Who cares if they ranked you number 20 instead of number 2-if you luck out and get a spot, great. The fact that they included you on their list means that they would be happy to have you.And if you don't match you just get one of your next choices, but at least you gave yourself a chance.....
Good Luck.
 

*Wing of Zock*

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Yeah,

I've been laying awake at night thinking about how to pull this one off, too. If your read the NRMP guidelines it states that the program can tell you as much as they want (whether true or not), the problem is that you can't ask. . .

With 48 hours to go and my ROL still up in the air I'm tempted to try something exactly like what you have, or maybe ask the PD for some "advice".

A savvy PD has probably already gotten something like this before so I figure it's a gamble. either they tell you or they get pissed off--but this late in the game I may go for it--hopefully all the programs have all their ROLs put together and wouldn't BS you to rank them higher, or blackball you.

I think at this point if I were to get any positive feedback from any of my top four programs I'd probably rank that one number one. I like them all equally well for different reasons so that might do it. It beats flipping a coin.


let me know here or PM me if you do it--I'll do the same.
 

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Originally posted by *Wing of Zock*
I think at this point if I were to get any positive feedback from any of my top four programs I'd probably rank that one number one. I like them all equally well for different reasons so that might do it. It beats flipping a coin.

You could always post an SDN poll...

:D

- H
 

*Wing of Zock*

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I Like it!

I'll let everybody on SDN put together my ROL for me!!!

I dunno what's worse--that I waited until 50 hours prior to match day to put up a poll or that I am actually entertaining the idea.

what the hell maybe I'll just drink another beer and forget about it all.

Wing
 

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Here is my advice: Call or email the PD if it will make you feel better. Ask some random questions about the program and mention that you are still trying to finalize your list.Don't ask about your rank, though. The way I see it, if they really like you and are ranking you very high, I'm sure that they would offer this info on their own in some form. However, as I stated previously I wouldn't put too much weight in this. I think the different personalities of the PDs will determine the type of response you'll get and not your actual ranking. Some are very encouraging to everyone and others are pretty vague to everyone so it is quite a gamble to make your decision based on this if you have a preference. But you could try it-I'm sure it won't hurt and maybe then you could sleep at night.
 

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People!! Read the NRMP algorhythm! It doesn't matter where they rank you, it shouldn't effect your list. Put the program you most want to go to as number one. It doens't matter how competitive the program is or where they put you on their list. You'll get that spot unless other candidates ranked higher than you also have them as number one. Then it goes to your number two choice and they do the same thing.
PLEASE READ THE ALGORHYTHM!!! YOUR spot on THEIR list should play no part in your rank list.
 
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