Sorry if this thread has already been addressed... One interviewer at a top 5 school told me that if I was really interested in his program I should write them/call them and let them know my interest, or better yet to have someone from my school call them, because "you know that is the way this match thing really works". I was very disturbed by this remark, I hope he didn't know what he was talking about (he was not the program director). I like that program a lot and it will probably be number 2 or 3 on my list, I don't want to waste time having faculty call them since they aren't my top choice, but I would love to match there if I can't get my top choice. Thoughts? Also, how important are second visits? My top choice place went out of their way to say that they do not even know when you return for second visits so there is no advantage, but other programs always suggest second visits "for our own benefit". Any more thoughts? All of these programs are far from home and woud be expensive to visit again.