I think the OP wants to know how deep the programs have to dig to fill their spots i.e. for their X number of spots how much X+ do most programs go e.g. if there are 30 seats in a programs, do they fill their quota at 35, 65, 105 ... etcThis is a big question I have. Everyone I meet at interviews is going to 10+ programs I guess out of fear of not matching. If someone is a strong enough applicant to get interviews at every top program Id imagine they would not go below their top 3 or 4. Places like Hopkins/Duke/Michigan etc have locations that not everyone is interested in. My guess as long as your list includes more than BWH/MGH/UCSF you'd be in good shape.
i think duke not filling was strictly last year. as for the original question: assuming a class size of 35, my estimate would be that even the top programs go to 90 on their ROL since there are enough top notch programs fighting for the same students and since there are enough applicants ranking based on location (i.e. nyc over boston). just a guess, who knows, except maybe aPD.Duke not filling 10 spots...that was a couple of years ago, wasn't it? Or did they have that happen multiple years?
There is no cost to ranking more people. Programs pay a single fee, regardless of how long our rank lists are.Just out of curiosity, what would be the rationale for not ranking most of the applicants a program interviews (e.g. *apparently* Duke one/several years ago)? I would think it wouldn't cost you too much to rank everyone the program interviews, especially compared with the time you already put in reading their ERAS forms, etc.
I mean, if the program really didn't like the applicant during the interview day, I could see not ranking them. Still, it seems like most applicants would clear the bar of "better than a scrambled spot" (especially if they have been offered interviews at competitive places). From an applicant's perspective, there is probably only one program I have interviewed at where I thought it would be better to scramble than to train at that program. Therefore, I won't rank that program. Curious why a similar logic wouldn't apply.