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How Many Prelims to Apply To?

Discussion in 'Anesthesiology' started by Harrison486, Aug 17, 2011.

  1. Harrison486

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    Honestly I'm just confused by this whole process and how to handle it :scared:

    I am going to be applying for residency in Anesthesiology and it seems like a lot of programs offer categorical spots in addition to advanced positions. I am hoping to end up at a 4-year program but will be applying to TYs just in-case I end up in a 3-year advanced position.

    I just can't figure out how many TYs/prelims to apply to. I have decided that I am only going to apply to TYs/prelims (and thus advanced spots) in NYC, Philly, and Boston and that everywhere else I am applying, I will only apply to the 4-year programs.

    Even with that decided, I can't seem to figure out how many TYs/prelims I can get by applying to. I am currently thinking about 4-5 per each of those 3 cities listed above. I just don't know if that is going to be enough if I end up at a 3-year program, but I don't know of any other desirable programs in those areas and don't really want to end up applying to tons of prelim programs for no reason... (thus I guess I'm asking if my 12-15 programs is enough even though its only 4-5 per city)

    Here are my stats if it matters:
    Med School: Mid-range East Coast state school
    Class Rank: I think anywhere from top 10% to top 25% (don't really know) - Not AOA
    Clinical Grades: Honored medicine and surgery; High Passed everything else
    Step 1: 250+
    Research: Involved in 2 non-anesthesia projects, but no publications
     
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  3. PMPMD

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    I once heard you want 7 prelim interviews to have a "good" chance of matching. Dont remember the source or what constitutes "good".
     
  4. ashkenazi1234

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    I applied to 10 got 3 interviewed 2, and I had relatively badass stats except for yrs 1-2
     
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    This is something I am wondering about as well. What happens if you match to an advance program and you don't get a first year spot somewhere? Do you scramble for a first year spot or do you get your first choice categorical spot that you would match to?
     
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    you'd scramble with hopefully your home program or your advanced program helping you out finding a spot. Happens often because people don't interview at enough prelims due to time/money
     

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