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Hey guys

I'm interested in applying anesthesia this upcoming fall. Got my step 2 back and was a little disappointed. 227->228 :( I'm a DO applicant as well. Any tips for applying with these scores? kind of worried. Wouldn't mind hearing from people in or were in a similar boat

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I was in your boat. Apply to around 50+ programs, don't apply to west coast programs, only apply to programs that currently have DO's in training, and have several back ups (e.g. TY's and prelims).

If you get at least 12 interviews you'll be in a good spot (~90% chance of matching) but nothing is guaranteed.

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A D.O. with those board scores would be best advised to apply to another residency that is less competitive.
 
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I am in a mid-tier program that has DOs in those score ranges.

My advice to you:
Focus more on factors that you can change and have back ups. Be REALLY GOOD on your sub-Is. Try to get letters from influential people. Be a good interviewer and show a good attitude. As someone speaking from the other side, attitude really matter so much more than board score in my opinion.

I think if you apply to 60+ programs with 12 interviews you will be fine. there is never 100% fool-proof unless you got it in with a program director, but i thinks statistically 16 interviews is pretty much 99% match. I cannot comment on the application climate as i'm years removed from residency applications, but i certainly believe you can get into an anesthesia program, it just might not be harvard with a beach view. (It might be a community program with tons of free time in a smaller town, but you get board certified just like that guy from harvard with a beach view).

Also advice for down the road while you're interviewing:
EVERYONE plays the game. It's a sick and sad mating dance that will determine your next 4 years. Go into it with an attitude of playing a good game theory game rather than trying to find a institution with that puppy love (you have plenty of time to fall in love with your program AFTER you've matched there)
 
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Wanted to update this thread just in case it helps anyone in the near future.

Anyway, matched into a mid tier program. I pretty much took the the advice posted here. Long story long, applied to 80 programs + 20 pre lim spots (would rec'd maybe applying to more if you're in my situation), tried to get the best LORs possible, and worked on my interview game. Ended up with 12+ interviews. Maybe not necessary, but I did multiple aways. I figured I could hedge my chances if I did well on these sub I's. Plus, they equated to interviews at each spot. On sub I's, I would rec'd just being yourself, be cool with the residents (as they might say something on your behalf), reading a little bit everyday, and to subtly convey your interest to the people that make the important decisions. Hope this helps someone.
 
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Congrats, thanks for updating thread
 
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Wanted to update this thread just in case it helps anyone in the near future.

Anyway, matched into a mid tier program. I pretty much took the the advice posted here. Long story long, applied to 80 programs + 20 pre lim spots (would rec'd maybe applying to more if you're in my situation), tried to get the best LORs possible, and worked on my interview game. Ended up with 12+ interviews. Maybe not necessary, but I did multiple aways. I figured I could hedge my chances if I did well on these sub I's. Plus, they equated to interviews at each spot. On sub I's, I would rec'd just being yourself, be cool with the residents (as they might say something on your behalf), reading a little bit everyday, and to subtly convey your interest to the people that make the important decisions. Hope this helps someone.
Did you match at a program you did an away in?
 
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