I've always wanted to ask how far programs go down on their rank list, but obviously have not. If anybody has heard anything (particularly about the top tiered programs - don't need a debate), please post away!
This 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.
Duke not filling 10 spots...that was a couple of years ago, wasn't it? Or did they have that happen multiple years?
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.