NY172

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Hello,
What factors would you say matter most in successfully matching into a pain fellowship? Are there certain board exams and scores that PDs look at in particular? Do they have cutoffs for interviews like for residency? Or, do more "soft" factors such as LORs, reputation of home anesthesiology program, networking, matter more at this stage? Also, what type of advantage do applicants have when it comes to matching into their "home institution's" fellowship program? Thanks. I'm trying just to learn more about the process.
 

afob100

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"LORs, reputation of home anesthesiology program, networking"

These are the most important. +/- some programs use step scores as an initial screen

Internal applicants/home institution is extremely important- you've essentially had a multi-month interview at your home program. Assuming you are a decent applicant, most residents have the best chance at matching at their home program.
 

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"LORs, reputation of home anesthesiology program, networking"

These are the most important. +/- some programs use step scores as an initial screen

Internal applicants/home institution is extremely important- you've essentially had a multi-month interview at your home program. Assuming you are a decent applicant, most residents have the best chance at matching at their home program.

Well said. Agree with above. Things that stand out in order of importance IMO are:

#1) Home Rotation
- I worked with the individual others have worked with the individual. We like him or her and know he or she is a good fit

#2) A Good LOR:
-unknown author stating "he/she is one of the best students i have ever met"
-known author stating "we are considering him/her at our own institution"

#3) Connections:
-A phone call to from a known and respected individual that can vouch for you

#4) Reputation of home program
-always impressive seeing a top 10, but will be meaningless without a good letter

#5) Step score
-a bit shallow but does help reassure the fact you will know how to study and know your stuff

#4-6) Research
-shows interest and understanding of pain more than where to stick the needle
-impressive high impact publication bump to 4th (not often)
-average posters, case reports and chapters bump will not hurt you but will not help much since its expected
-no papers or research work stands out and bumps to 5th in terms of importance
 

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