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Match Process

Discussion in 'Clinical Rotations' started by sistermike, Apr 30, 2002.

  1. sistermike

    sistermike Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 5, 2002
    Ok I am not all to familiar with the match process but I have one simple quick question, what happens when you don't match to a residency program?
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  3. andy toth

    andy toth Member 7+ Year Member

    Feb 19, 2002
    the system says "you have not matched".

    according to documentation and prior life experience, it is not the end of the world if you do not match. and it may be advantageous for those people who like randomness and adventure (or those good at bargaining). the standard procedure is that you scramble; which is a series of communications the applicant has with PD's of publicized vacancies. it is like a freeform job interview at this point; best human is selected for task :p
  4. NuMD97

    NuMD97 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 1, 2002
    New York
    Personal experience also says not to limit oneself to the unmatched positions posted in the Match list of available spots. More often than one would expect, programs find themselves in late May and even in late June with positions that they thought were filled that suddenly become unfilled, for one reason or another. Never say never. Keep sending out info packets and keep calling programs regularly, even if it appears inordinately late. Keep the lines of communication open. To a certain extent, there are patterns in the availability of positions. Some programs regularly don't fill. Watch out for those, if you study previous years' Match lists.

    Hope this helps. Good luck.
  5. Pinky

    Pinky and the Brain 10+ Year Member

    Aug 12, 2001
    Chicago, IL
    at my school, a pgy-2 ophthalmology spot starting in July just opened up because someone dropped out before even getting here. the dept is now scrambling to interview candidates.

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