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Whats the deal with peds fellowship competitiveness?

Discussion in 'Pediatrics' started by devildoc2, Mar 10, 2007.

  1. devildoc2

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    I dont get it.

    http://www.nrmp.org/fellow/match_name/index.html#PCCM

    The NRMP data for peds fellowships shows that there are lots of unfilled programs every year. Even peds cards has unfilled programs inthe double digits, more than 10% of their programs went unfilled last year.

    But when you look at the match rates, they are low. For example only 83% of US grads successfully matched in peds heme onc, 86% for peds cards, etc.

    The only conclusion that I can draw frmo this program is that there are lots of fellowships who would rather go unfilled than take a mediocre applicant, and that they are literally looking for only top tier applicants.

    Is this a fair assumption? Other4wise how do you reconcile the high unmatched rates iwth teh high number of unfilled programs?

    I dont get it.
     
  2. notstudying

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    There are many fellowships that will leave a spot unfilled rather than take an applicant who's a bad fit for the program. Conversely, I think there are probably a fair number of the unmatched applicants who only wanted a top tier program and were unwilling to go elsewhere.
     
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