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For those of you who got screwed in the match this year, I know of a 1st year eye spot opening up in 06. PM me if interested, must have good grades, good boards, and be from a US allopathic school. Sorry, I don't want them getting a barrage of applications. They're already not very happy with me right now...

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May I ask what made you change your mind? Personal/family situation or change of mind in specialty choice? Why does the program have you involved in finding a replacement? Just curious.
 
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Bit of both, I guess. I was trying to avoid hard work for a "lifestyle specialty," but in the end I realized I wanted to spend less time in the clinic, more time in the OR, and see some blood. I realized I'd rather work hard and be up all night than be slightly bored for 40 hours a week. The program isn't enlisting me to find a replacement. I just thought I'd offer it out there since so many eye spots seem to get filled through the good ol boys network (especially in the match). The match is such a screwy and unfair process, programs directors circumvent it all the time, so I thought I'd do my best to help out someone who got screwed.
 
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noish said:
match is such a screwy and unfair process, programs directors circumvent it all the time, so I thought I'd do my best to help out someone who got screwed.
In what exactly are you based for this opinion? I honestly think that if someone matches, that person thinks the match is great and viceversa.

I know that sometimes the candidates with the best numbers are not neccessarily the best. (think of people skills, how many of those step 1 >260 are really geeky guys without any real personality or dynamics).
 

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I PMed you Noish but stil have not gotten an answer...
Please check your PMs and get in touch with me.

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I PMed you Noish but stil have not gotten an answer...
Please check your PMs and get in touch with me.

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I PM'd him on the behalf of a friend, and also didn't get a response. This guy is apparently a bit flakey.
 
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Flakey? Thanks guys... I was away for 5 days and I get called flakey.

Anyways, too many of these damn PM's to answer; since I'm not going into the field anymore, I might as well just throw it out there.

The slot I dropped is Temple in Philly.
 

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noish said:
Flakey? Thanks guys... I was away for 5 days and I get called flakey.

Anyways, too many of these damn PM's to answer; since I'm not going into the field anymore, I might as well just throw it out there.

The slot I dropped is Temple in Philly.
No offense noish.
Anyway I am still at a loss of what we are supposed to do with this information.
Do we wait for them to post an opening at the sfmatch.org. do we call them up do we send them our CV, od Sfmatch, CAS?

Whats the deal with this?

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Just a brief tangent...
Does anyone have any thoughts on the Temple program? Philly is so saturated with ophth and wondering if that affects training.
 

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No offense noish.
Anyway I am still at a loss of what we are supposed to do with this information.
Do we wait for them to post an opening at the sfmatch.org. do we call them up do we send them our CV, od Sfmatch, CAS?

Whats the deal with this?

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The Temple PD actually called me up a last week and said they were going to re-interview people who had already interviewed there (he didn't realized I had matched since I'm in the military). I let one of my friends know (who obviously didn't match) and she called them up. When she called, they told her that they already had a couple people lined up to re-interview there. Basically, she said that they didn't seem interested in any bran new applicants. Although, I didn't talk to them personally, so I can't say for sure that there weren't other problems with her application besides just being new.
 

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Flakey? Thanks guys... I was away for 5 days and I get called flakey.
I'm sorry, but when you're scrambling for a competitive residency program, 5 days is a very long time. I imagine that Temple probably has already found a good number of people to interview by now. So throwing out that offer, and then not getting back to people for five days was kind of a bit flakey. That said, we know you had good intentions and I'm sure most people appreciated the information anyway.
 

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noish said:
Bit of both, I guess. I was trying to avoid hard work for a "lifestyle specialty," but in the end I realized I wanted to spend less time in the clinic, more time in the OR, and see some blood. I realized I'd rather work hard and be up all night than be slightly bored for 40 hours a week. The program isn't enlisting me to find a replacement. I just thought I'd offer it out there since so many eye spots seem to get filled through the good ol boys network (especially in the match). The match is such a screwy and unfair process, programs directors circumvent it all the time, so I thought I'd do my best to help out someone who got screwed.
I wish you luck. Keep in mind that you can work as hard as you want in ophthalmology. I operate 2-3 times per week now.

I know ophthalmologists who operate a lot and those who operate less. Well, good luck and I hope you find something that makes you excited! :thumbup:
 

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I'm curious now who filled the spot at Temple. I am also very curious about you, noish. I'm also going to Temple in 06, and I still have no idea who my classmates are (or was supposed to have been). And for the guy who asked about Temple's program, I think we get the best surgical numbers in Philly. I'm obviously from the area, and I heard great things about the program from ophthalmologists around Philly, including many attendings at Wills, whom we work with at Lankenau hospital. We also attend the Wills pre-matriculation program and many of their lectures. It's a good program all around. I'm stoked.

And hey, Sledge2005, stop calling people names! :smuggrin:
 

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to81 said:
I'm curious now who filled the spot at Temple. I am also very curious about you, noish. I'm also going to Temple in 06, and I still have no idea who my classmates are (or was supposed to have been). And for the guy who asked about Temple's program, I think we get the best surgical numbers in Philly. I'm obviously from the area, and I heard great things about the program from ophthalmologists around Philly, including many attendings at Wills, whom we work with at Lankenau hospital. We also attend the Wills pre-matriculation program and many of their lectures. It's a good program all around. I'm stoked.

And hey, Sledge2005, stop calling people names! :smuggrin:
couple of quick points on those that dont match coming from a pro at not matching.

1) shut your mouth on the interview, whatever they say answer briefly politely and say thank you.
2) get some good letters from top doctors
3) if you fail to scramble, next year apply to triple the number of programs; save some money for the increased application fee and travel expenses
4) if you have a foreign first name, shorten it to somethting simple and americanized.
5) consider some of the other fields that are very decent not everything is that wonderful about ophth. Rads and Anesth. seem like good technical interesting fields.
6) dont hesitate to get some more eye experience such as working at the eye bank or doing a years research ophthalmic fellowship.
7) dont start drinking if you get depressed!

All the above is based on practical and painful experience. dont take a non match personally. You have a year to enjoy your life before you throw yourself into the educational grinder some more. If you take the time to enjoy along the way which is always hard to do you will not look at this as a setback but a "growth" opportunity.

It is rarely about ability but more about inteview skill and a bit of luck.

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samdo said:
couple of quick points on those that dont match coming from a pro at not matching.

1) shut your mouth on the interview, whatever they say answer briefly politely and say thank you.
2) get some good letters from top doctors
3) if you fail to scramble, next year apply to triple the number of programs; save some money for the increased application fee and travel expenses
4) if you have a foreign first name, shorten it to somethting simple and americanized.
5) consider some of the other fields that are very decent not everything is that wonderful about ophth. Rads and Anesth. seem like good technical interesting fields.
6) dont hesitate to get some more eye experience such as working at the eye bank or doing a years research ophthalmic fellowship.
7) dont start drinking if you get depressed!

All the above is based on practical and painful experience. dont take a non match personally. You have a year to enjoy your life before you throw yourself into the educational grinder some more. If you take the time to enjoy along the way which is always hard to do you will not look at this as a setback but a "growth" opportunity.

It is rarely about ability but more about inteview skill and a bit of luck.

Samdo
Well... first of thanx for the input.
I think I will do that next time around with my first name.
I wish I could do it with my last name to, but it is to late for that...
CAn yo imagine all the diploma, passport, ECFMG, USMLE and slew of other problems if you have to change your last name???
Not to mention that any pubs, posters or presentations will have the previous name...
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