were u ever asked by programs how many you applied to and if so, why?intoxicatedtiger said:My application was complete with 79 programs. Instead of choosing for reasons to apply to a program, I tried to find reasons why I would not apply to a program. Here's my "statistical" reasoning: Say you apply to 40 programs. It costs you $1000. Say that if you don't match, you lose 1 year of your life and $100,000 (just to make it easy) in potential income. OK. So to justify spending an extra $1000 and applying to 80 programs instead, you only need an extra $1000/$100000 chance or an additional 1% advantage in matching to make it profitable. But in essence, by applying to 40 additional programs, you're doubling your chances of matching, assuming programs average each other out in caliber. I think it's worth it. You cannot get lost in the details of what ultimately is change when it's your future at stake.
Especially, if you have a deficiency in a crucial area in your application, now is not the time to pick and choose.
Oi. Well, thanks to paranoid and caffeine, I've got 31 on my list now:diopter said:I applied to 95....
i would think u would have a good shot at matching...but i would still apply to more just to be safe, but that's just me. esp since cali is competitive..dpat81 said:i am looking to apply to optho residencies in california only...which i think there is like 14 residency programs...if my step 1 is a 244 and i have good grades and everything...do you think that is enough programs to apply to?? i think its kinda low, but is there a decent shot of matching??
dpat81 said:i am looking to apply to optho residencies in california only...which i think there is like 14 residency programs...if my step 1 is a 244 and i have good grades and everything...do you think that is enough programs to apply to?? i think its kinda low, but is there a decent shot of matching??
xaelia said:Oi. Well, thanks to paranoid and caffeine, I've got 31 on my list now:
UCD, UCLA, USC, UCI, UCSD, CPMC, UCSF, Stanford, Colorado, UF, Bascom, Emory, UIC, Wilmer, MEEI, UMich, WashU, UNC, Duke, Ohio St., OHSU, Scheie, Wills, Iowa, Vanderbilt, Storm, UVA, UWash, Weil, NYU, NYEE.
Now I'm just waiting for the "Why aren't you applying to X? They're great!" (e.g., Baylor, Mayo, Wisco) to keep the list growing....
hey good luck. I feel like my academic career is paralleling yours (#922 on mdapps), from grades, to med school, to mcat and board scores, and now career interest. If you match well, it'll boost my confidence!xaelia said:I've added a few more programs, but I'm definitely still going to be far below the average number of applications. There are a lot of programs on my list that I'd be very happy with, so hopefully I'll get lucky....
No, because USMLE score is just a TINY part of what is considered in giving out interviews. Also, because the average number of applications people send out each year has been going up, I think most people end up applying to far more than they need to. Another factor is how competitive are the programs you are applying to - applying to 30 programs that are all top tier may result with a lower interview yield than applying to 15 that are not as competitive.DiveMD said:Can somebody correlate USMLE scores with the amount of applications? Thanks.
There are many factors, and a lot of randomness involved in the process, but this does NOT mean it's completely unpredictable. The best advice anyone can give you, is to set up a short meeting with the program director (or current/past resident selection committee members) at your home school, lay everything out on the table (ie. your CAS app, or less concisely your scores, names of your LOR writers and CV) and ask for their objective opinion on how many/where to apply. They should have A LOT of experience evaluating applications (including yours in a few weeks, so you might as well get their thoughts now, right?)DiveMD said:Can somebody correlate USMLE scores with the amount of applications? Thanks.
I've heard that most programs screen applicants using 3 parameters: 1) USMLE scores, 2) Personal Statement and Class Ranking. I guess if you have a stellar Step 1 you are good to go. If your Step one is somewhere between the high 220's to low 230s, both the Personal Statement (first and last paragraphs) and Class Ranking will play a key role.Josh37 said:What do you think 'screening scores' for step 1 are?