Hello- A few questions about the coming year's application process a la eras with respect to radonc. 1. How do we find out exactly how many slots each schools have available for the PGY-2 spot that would be offered for the 2006 year, as I belive that is what we would be matching into? Schools say 1-4 slots per year in some instances, is it necessary to contact each program? 2. I am guessing earlier is better for the application process, but since the applicant registration begins aug 15 and programs registration begins Sept 1, when is it best to have all the materials in. For instance is it best to have all possible letters of recommendation in by Sept 1, and if you have a rotation coming up in sept from who you might get a big name rec from is that too late? 3. Who should you include letters of rec from? I am guessing two from radonc, one from med? or how about surgery, even if the guy is less well known? How about OB/Gyn- if you saw lots of intracavitary rt for cervical ca. How about letters from PhD advisors for MD/PhD's? 4. If you are truely interested in academic programs should you write that into your personal statement. Or will that cut you out or consideration for some programs. 5. How creative should your personal statement be? Should it be very matter of fact or more allegorical? Thanks, many times over, in advance for all your input.