That is said every year, regardless of whether it is true or not. Some of the perceived increase in competitiveness comes from increases in the number of program applications sent out by each student. We'll never really know the stone cold facts until the NRMP publishes "Charting Outcomes in the Match 2010."Rumor around here is that our surgery match percentage was real low this year compared to previous years.
Any news on how your schools did?
I had a feeling that was the case, especially since yesterday was scramble day and obviously most people probably heard of someone who had to scramble. Thus, rumors were aplenty.That is said every year, regardless of whether it is true or not. Some of the perceived increase in competitiveness comes from increases in the number of program applications sent out by each student. We'll never really know the stone cold facts until the NRMP publishes "Charting Outcomes in the Match 2010."
That being said, ever since 2006 general surgery has been consistently competitive.
Come on now, give yourself SOME credit. lol.We scrambled more at our school for gensurg than in just about any previous year, despite an average to slightly below average number of candidates. But thats an awfully small sample size so no idea what it means. I mean, I matched, so it cant possibly have been THAT competitive
From what I heard around here was that a few people didn't match due to being a little over-confident in their application (i.e. only applying to big name university programs and not ranking enough schools). I don't really consider that a sign of becoming more competitive, but more so a lack of planning.Meh, I am a so-so applicant although I applied pretty intelligently, and of the 4 that I know of who did not match at my school, 3 arent particularly surprising, like "ZOMG how did HE not match?" One of them is, although my understanding is that he applied narrowly both geographically and quality-wise.
I do feel like the #applications/applicant was up quite a bit this year, as well as #interviews and #ranked/applicant, which probably had a little to do with it, but I mean there were only 5 spots last year for scramble so its not WAY different. Almost certainly not a statistically significant increase in competitiveness.
Yeah this is basically the case at my school. They do a ton to help you, they make calls, they send letters, they have connections, etc. But they also are very....ummm...positive? They repeatedly tell you "Dont worry, everyone in this room is going to match, you are all going to be surgeons" on a regular basis. Which I'm sure is great if you lack confidence, or if you need the boost. I got plenty of confidence and ego, I need the exact opposite: tell me how hard it could be, scare me a little bit. Luckily I didnt take the smoke-blowing at face value and on my own "diversified" my rank list a little...but I honestly didnt tell some of the attendings at my program where I was ranking, because I knew they would basically mock me for it. They would tell me "Dont worry you dont need to rank places like that!" and "Really you should only be applying to high-profile, academic programs....you go here! You can match!"We had a ton of general surgery scramblers at my school, probably partly because we had more people applying in it and partly because we don't get the best advising. I think a lot of people around here still assume it's easy to match in general surgery, so they under apply/interview.
Only having 2 spots in the scramble also implies a decent level of difficulty in matching.