Marianne11

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When do programs usually offer these early matches? If you know a program offers them (they told you etc) is it okay to let them know you would consider a pre-match? Do these offers arrive in the mail or email? A few programs have hinted, but no contract yet. :(
 

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To piggy-back ... is it okay to hint that you're able to sign outside the match as an independent candidate or is that considered taboo and an interview-killer??
 
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To piggy-back ... is it okay to hint that you're able to sign outside the match as an independent candidate or is that considered taboo and an interview-killer??
Yes! It is not just OK, but needed. If you are truly eligible for an outside the match position (have competed internship) than you need to tell them you are interested. Before you go out to interview, if you are aware that outside the match positions are open, let the program coordinator know that you want to be considered. Then bring it up during your interview when asked, “Do you have any questions about the program”. There is nothing considered taboo or an interview killer other than being a douche bag or asking about obviously idiotic things (time off, policy on drinking while on call, etc...). People think there is some special algorithm to interviewing, but there is not, all you need to know how to do is answer questions honestly and intelligently, if you cannot do that, then bad interviews are inevitable. Any legitimate question about the program, the staff and the hospital and the area are fair game.
 

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Thanks all for bringing it up/addressing it.

Can aPD, wingedscapula, gutonc, atsai or mcl comment on this?

Thanks!
 

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just wondering if hinting at prematch is appropriate for more competitive specialties? i know that its typical for family practice, peds and medicine but what about rads, anesthesia etc?
 

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Yes! It is not just OK, but needed. If you are truly eligible for an outside the match position (have competed internship) than you need to tell them you are interested. Before you go out to interview, if you are aware that outside the match positions are open, let the program coordinator know that you want to be considered. Then bring it up during your interview when asked, “Do you have any questions about the program”. There is nothing considered taboo or an interview killer other than being a douche bag or asking about obviously idiotic things (time off, policy on drinking while on call, etc...). People think there is some special algorithm to interviewing, but there is not, all you need to know how to do is answer questions honestly and intelligently, if you cannot do that, then bad interviews are inevitable. Any legitimate question about the program, the staff and the hospital and the area are fair game.
Oh yeah, is it okay to mention this to only 1 program, or all the programs you apply to? or only to a few ...? Thanks
 
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When do programs usually offer these early matches? If you know a program offers them (they told you etc) is it okay to let them know you would consider a pre-match? Do these offers arrive in the mail or email? A few programs have hinted, but no contract yet. :(
When exactly do they make these offers? Will they offer if you don't bring it up? Do they give them to DO students before they'd have to submit the AOA rank-list, since it's a month earlier than the MD rank lists are due?