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I just got offered 2 prematches for IM at 2 programs that I reallly like? How do I make my decision? What do I need to look at?

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I think there is a reason 106 people have read this and you've gotten zero responses. Only you can know what program fits you best. What are your career goals? How will the programs you're interviewing at help you achieve them? You need to do some soul searching, find out what you want to do, decide what is important in a residency program and then make your decision.
 

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I am a second year med student, and I was just wondering if there is a list of programs that offer Prematch positions.
 

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I hate to be a stick-in-the-mud (^_^), but why are these programs offering you pre-matches, in the first place? If the program uses NRMP, then they must follow the guidelines: ie:

"4.2 Exclusive Commitment to the Matching Program

The institution agrees that prior to the release of the results of the Matching Program, all of the programs sponsored by the institution, including those that do not participate in the Matching Program, will select senior students of U.S. allopathic medical schools only through the Matching Program or another national matching plan. If any position is offered to U.S. allopathic students outside the Matching Program or another national matching plan, including a preliminary position for a program that participates in another national matching plan, the institution and the program will be in breach of this Agreement and may suffer the penalties described in Section 9.0."

Exceptions to this would be if you are off-cycle and not going through the match or if you are a PGY2 and changing specialties, etc.

I bring this up because if the program is willing to breach its ethics (and make you vulnerable by placing you in a compromising position), then maybe you should think twice about the program. As a former chief resident - I know that the program directors are fully aware of the rules - and really should know better...

If they like you and you like them - then you will match with them - so what's the problem?
 

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Exceptions to this would be if you are off-cycle and not going through the match or if you are a PGY2 and changing specialties, etc.

I bring this up because if the program is willing to breach its ethics (and make you vulnerable by placing you in a compromising position), then maybe you should think twice about the program. As a former chief resident - I know that the program directors are fully aware of the rules - and really should know better...

If they like you and you like them - then you will match with them - so what's the problem?

Other exceptions include the OP being a non-US senior (DO or I/FMG). These folks are welcome to participate in ERAS and have the choice of partaking in the NRMP match. If offered a pre-match position, they are welcome to take it and not participate in the Match. This is not a Match violation and is not (at least on the face of it) unethical.

Whether exceptions to NRMP should exist for non-US seniors in the first place is a different story altogether but if the OP is playing by the rules, no need to get all uppity on him/her.
 

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Other exceptions include the OP being a non-US senior (DO or I/FMG)... no need to get all uppity on him/her.

Sorry, sorry - I didn't know of this exception!! Not trying to be "uppity"... My apologies...
 
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