WhitJord85

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So I am unsure of what I should, or if I should really do anything about my current situation -

I applied to general surgery both DO and MD, and received interviews for both DO and MD. I still have 5 remaining interviews to go on. I also applied to integrated thoracic surgery and have an interview.

My dilemma however is that I don't feel comfortable with the number of interviews I have once I separate the DO general surgery and the MD general surgery/integrated thoracic surgery. I also applied for preliminary positions in general surgery but have yet to hear about a single interview for a preliminary position.
Obviously its late in the year to be adding programs in surgery or in any other specialty for that matter.
I applied to >70 programs, most of them within the first 3 days applications could be submitted. I passed both USMLE (Step 1 220-230, Step 2 230-240) and COMLEX (Level 1 560-571, Level 2 730-740, PE Passed) all on first attempt. Class rank is 2nd quartile. No research. 4 strong LORs, 1 is from a gen surg program director.

I'm just not sure what to do at this point. I have thought about contacting the programs I applied to for prelim positions and just show some interest and see if they are still interviewing. Or should I try to get additional LORs and apply for prelim medicine or TY programs? Or just focus on doing really well on the interviews I have and see where I end up?

Any advice appreciated.
 

Trogghunter

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I feel like the py and ty might be in wait list already. How many surgery interviews have you been on? 5 left is a decent number at this point in the season.
 
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You said you don't feel comfortable with the number you have once you separate the DO and MD interviews. How many do you/did you have for each? You have 5 left. Are they MD or DO or both? Not sure I understand.
 

Trogghunter

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You've gotten 10 iis already, how'd you feel on your other interviews? Look at the nrmp match statistics/program director's survey for general surgery, maybe look through the GS forum,, if you already haven't? I'm doing IM, so idk about GS...but you'd be good for IM!
 

Trogghunter

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And honestly, who knows what DO programs want, but I wouldn't pull out of the do match for 5 MD interviews.
 

Raryn

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And honestly, who knows what DO programs want, but I wouldn't pull out of the do match for 5 MD interviews.
No matter how much the OP wants an ACGME program, it would be damnably foolish to pull out and chance it with a rank list of 5.
 
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