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How many programs to apply to

Discussion in 'Pediatrics' started by Turkelton, Sep 5, 2014.

  1. Turkelton

    7+ Year Member

    Oct 11, 2007
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    Medical Student
    I was thinking of applying to 50 peds programs to ensure that I match (15 DO and 35 MD), but I am not sure if this is overkill as I don’t to want to be wasting so many people’s time with reading my application. I’ve read some previous threads on the subject, but I have a couple things on my ERAS that aren’t found on the average application.

    Comlex 1: 420
    Comlex 2: Taking in October
    USMLE: Not taken
    Years 1 and 2 grades: B’s and C’s, no fails
    Year 3 grades: Honors in pediatrics, passes for the other 9 months, pass/unsatisfactory in ob/gyn (passed the clinical portion, failed the exam portion, successfully remediated the exam)
    Excellent personal statement and LOR’s
    Misdemeanor DUI from 15 years ago
    M.S. degree in Biomedical Sciences with research experience
    Average number of volunteer experiences

    My main concern is the mediocre COMLEX 1 score and 3rd year ob/gyn exam remediation on whether or not I’ll match. The wife and I are fine with living in any part of the 50 states, so to increase my chances I’ll be applying to many community-based programs.

    Any input on the number of programs to apply to is appreciated.
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  3. NICUfello

    5+ Year Member

    Sep 26, 2011
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    Attending Physician
    WOW 50 programs? To me that sounds excessive!
  4. Danski

    2+ Year Member

    Feb 20, 2013
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    Medical Student
    Not excessive, I would apply to more.

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