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What are my chances for EM

Discussion in 'Emergency Medicine' started by Cramster, Sep 26, 2014.

  1. Cramster

    Cramster One 2+ Year Member

    Jun 3, 2010
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2014
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  3. hoot504

    hoot504 PGY-III 7+ Year Member

    Jan 17, 2009
  4. Cramster

    Cramster One 2+ Year Member

    Jun 3, 2010
  5. link2swim06

    link2swim06 Physician 10+ Year Member

    Dec 14, 2007
    If you apply to a good mix of programs and not all 'top tier' programs...i'd say >98% of matching (if I was to make up a number).

    EM isn't 'that' competitive assuming you did better on step 2.
  6. Cramster

    Cramster One 2+ Year Member

    Jun 3, 2010
    Seeing as I've already applied and took step2 a couple days ago are programs even going to see my numbers?

    And... for the programs that give me an interview without my Step2 Score, will they really care about it after the interview for the purposes of Rank
  7. Pons Asinorum

    Pons Asinorum Physician Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Jul 30, 2010
    North Carolina
    Yes, they will. PDs are starting to publicly state they care more about Step 2CK than Step 1. Of course it will be used during ranking in January, when they'll have your scores.
  8. The White Coat Investor

    The White Coat Investor AKA ActiveDutyMD Physician Partner Organization 10+ Year Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    SDN Partner
    99%. Try not to reflect your insecurity about matching during the plethora of interviews you will receive.
  9. tsbqb

    tsbqb New Member 10+ Year Member

    Jun 8, 2004
    Seriously? Youll be fine.
  10. DeadCactus

    DeadCactus SDN Lifetime Donor Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Oct 28, 2006
    Maybe 50%, your neuroticism will destroy you on interviews. Sorry...
  11. Sloow

    Sloow MedJunkie 5+ Year Member

    Aug 4, 2010
    Man, people are so brutal on this forum, forgot how nerve wracking applying for Residency was eh big guy?
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  12. KarlPilkington

    KarlPilkington 7+ Year Member

    Sep 12, 2007
    If you can carry on a semi-normal conversation for 5 minutes you'll match.
    Step 1 matters, if you do fine (>220) just don't go down on Step 2.
    If you got lower on Step 1, do what it takes to KILL Step 2

    Phrases to avoid during interviews:

    "I'm looking for a good work life balance"
    "I love international/wilderness medicine, I want to get a job where I work 6 months in an ER and 6 months in (name any developing nation/large wilderness area)."
    "I hated all my rotations other than Emergency Medicine"
    "I love the lifestyle of Emergency Medicine"
    "I really love traumas and procedures."
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  13. Cramster

    Cramster One 2+ Year Member

    Jun 3, 2010

    interviews starting to flow :D
  14. hoot504

    hoot504 PGY-III 7+ Year Member

    Jan 17, 2009
    You had no reason to be concerned in the first place.

    Dumb thread, frankly
  15. EM201543


    Oct 9, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2014
  16. Cramster

    Cramster One 2+ Year Member

    Jun 3, 2010
    Should I be significantly worried about matching?

    - Did not have Step2CK until late in the season. Average to below average Board Scores.
    - Applied 1.5w late. Applied to 100 programs, attended all interviews offered = only 15 programs to rank

    I know what "charting outcomes" says about having 15 programs to rank, but I just don't know how I feel about applying to 100 and only getting 15.
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2014
  17. kmb1908

    kmb1908 7+ Year Member

    Dec 27, 2008
    You applied broadly and you got the "magic number" as far as interviews. I'll tell you how to feel: GREAT. Rank everything. :uhno::wtf:
  18. Cramster

    Cramster One 2+ Year Member

    Jun 3, 2010
    Why is the "magic number" magic? If you assume the average applicant applied to 30-40 programs, then the "magic number" is actually a surrogate marker for competitiveness. The charting outcomes data would then become less generalizable to a cohort of students who applied to significantly more programs.
  19. Zebra Hunter

    Zebra Hunter 2+ Year Member

    Sep 17, 2014
    Dude, relax. Out of the 1,046 US senior applicants that ranked 10 or more programs in 2014, only heard me...TEN, did not match. I think I remember you saying your step 1 was somewhere in the 220s. Of the 314 US senior applicants that had step 1 scores between 221-230, only FOURTEEN did not match. You have absolutely no reason to be freaking out. Hell even those with step 1 scores between 201-210 had a greater than 80% chance of matching.

    The only way I'd be worried about matching is if you come off this neurotic in interviews.
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