First off, congrats to those that have received a ton of interviews. For those that may not have gotten as many as you may have desired....remember, it just takes one. Once you are offered an interview, look at it as though the position is yours to lose. The interview is just to see who would fit with the program's personality. With that being said, I have had the opportunity to assist with tours and answering questions at my residency program. I pretty much state the same thing........I will not tell them that my program is the best. Likewise, anyone who tells you that their program is the best is lying to you. The only person who knows which program is best is the one that is on the interview. They call it the "Match" for a reason...it truly is. You need to match yourself with the program that is right for you in a geographic, academic, clinical, and personal manner. Only you can determine which program that is. As you are going through the interviews, ask yourself one question, "Will I be happy here?" If the answer is "NO", then, please do not rank the program....even as a "safety program" or a "fall-back program". Residency is three or four years of the hardest years of your life. You need to ensure that you will be happy with where you are at. As for me, I applied to I think 47 programs, got 2 wait-lists, 4 interviews, many rejections (including being rejected by a program despite them not having downloaded my board scores, transcripts, letters of rec, etc. They just saw I was an FMG and rejected me), and I did not hear from about 6-12 programs. In retrospect, the 4 interviews were 3 more than I needed. With a limited number of interviews, I had less expenses in traveling, less of a decisioin come rank time, etc. I wound up matching at my top choice, and I could not imagine myself being any happier than I presently am. The program is intense, and it has typically not been mentioned as one of the "top programs"; however, that does not bother me. I will tell you that the feeling from the residents that have left my program upon completion is that they are bored wherever they go because there are few places that match it in terms of intensity, and procedures, and clinical experience. In summary, there are many things to take into consideration when you apply, interview, and rank a program. The bottom line is that you need to ask yourself if you will be happy there for the duration of your residency. Do not "settle" on a program. Just my 2 cents.