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- Aug 17, 2013
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What could one do, with some advanced preparation and game-planning, to snag one of those competitive Anesthesiology, Radiology or Surgery spots that inevitably slip through the cracks every year?
You'll be competing with people more competitive than yourself in any competitive field, even in the SOAPI know this might sound like an off-the-wall question, but is there any merit to actually aim to SOAP into a residency in an effort to "game" the system and obtain a spot in a specialty or institution that otherwise you would have zero chance in?
Let's say hypothetically one was an average applicant who was almost guaranteed to match but not in anything especially competitive. Their main goal is to obtain the most prestigious residency slot regardless of specialty, so they don't rank any residencies and proactively start planning to scramble into whatever was available after match day. What could one do, with some advanced preparation and game-planning, to snag one of those competitive Anesthesiology, Radiology or Surgery spots that inevitably slip through the cracks every year?
His program is actually one of the best FM residencies in the country, he just got really damn luckyJust be like that DO family medicine guy who won't stop talking about how amazing his soap program is. Like buddy we get it, no program wanted you and no one wanted your program. It's okay.
Except that year Columbia forgot to put their surgery ROL in on time lollllAlso, as I'm not sure this has been said, but if by some quirk in the universe a spot in a prestigious specialty in a prestigious program does end up in SOAP, they're more likely than not to not take anyone rather than an applicant in the SOAP.
Except that year Columbia forgot to put their surgery ROL in on time lollll
Really though, there's enough competitive applicants in the SOAP for good programs that didn't rank enough candidates to still fill with great applicants.
Columbia ended up SOAPing no one that yearExcept that year Columbia forgot to put their surgery ROL in on time lollll
The first was a jokeTo the first point, ok, but how often does that happen? One shouldn't plan one's entire career on something so rare. As for the second point, that's exactly my argument. If they don't find a great applicant in the SOAP who just made a strategic error in rank listing and who otherwise fits their criteria, my feeling is that great programs would rather leave that spot empty than go to a mediocre candidate.