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Post interview communication

Discussion in 'Anesthesiology' started by Godzilla26, Dec 13, 2008.

  1. Godzilla26

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    So I am on the interview trail and I wanted to run a question by everyone. At many of the programs, residents have told me that they would encourage me to tell a program that I am ranking them #1 if that is the case and that it may influence my position on the program's rank list. I know that soliciting this sort of information is a match violation from both sides, but it is okay to offer it. Anyone have any insight as far as how to proceed with this sort of communication before the match?
     
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  3. Colba55o

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    I wouldn't really consider what you are describing to be a "solicitation". From what I understand it is not uncommon to tell a program that you really want to go there. The problem arises is when you tell multiple places that you are ranking them number 1 and if you don't match there they will know that you lied if they ranked you high enough that you would were guaranteed to match.
    This basically puts you on a blacklist if you try to get a job there in the future which is why its not a good idea.

    I don't really get why telling a program that you will rank them #1 will influence your ranking on their list; although its obvious that this happens. Would you rank a place that you were less impressed by higher if you knew they were going to rank you #1? I would think they would rank solely on credentials and compatibility but I guess programs look bad if they have to go far down on their list (??)

    I plan to tell the programs I like that I will be ranking them high on my list, but I will only tell one program that I'm ranking them #1. Seems like that is the safest and fairest thing to do.
     

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