Sponsored Links
Results 1 to 6 of 6
Like Tree1Likes
  • 1 Post By Arkie, M.D.

Thread: Contacting Residency Programs in order to Increase Chances of Interview Invitations?

  1. #1
    merv is offline Newbie 510 points
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Posts
    2
    Downloads
    9
    Uploads
    0
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Contacting Residency Programs in order to Increase Chances of Interview Invitations?

    Advertisements



    Hi all,

    I have recently applied for the current match and am waiting to hear back from programs over the next several weeks. I was curious as to the value of sending out an email expressing my specific interest to the programs where I most desire an interview. I am an American-born IMG and have applied relatively late(second week of october), and was hoping this may help me stand out amongst the large volume of applicants they would be reviewing in November. I am applying to IM. I understand that there is certain standard protocol, such as thank you emails after interview invitations and after interviews, but I was wondering if emailing the programs around this time would be valuable-especially since Dean's Letters are being sent out on Nov. 1st and programs may be looking at applicants in more detail around this time. Do you think that this could be helpful? Also, importantly, I'd like to know if this could, in some unforeseeable way, hurt my chances of receiving an interview.

    I would appreciate any input, thanks!

  2. #2
    merv is offline Newbie 510 points
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Posts
    2
    Downloads
    9
    Uploads
    0
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Sorry-just to clarify, the contents of the email would simply be expressing my desire to go to that program, my roots/ties/specific positive experiences to that program(if they exist), and why it is one of my top choices. A short email, of course, just so that if they come across my application, they might say "ah, yes, I remember him!".

  3. #3
    Arkie, M.D.'s Avatar
    Arkie, M.D. is offline Elite Member 6138 points
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Little Rock, AR
    Posts
    2,506
    Downloads
    26
    Uploads
    0
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    I did just that...back in September. I submitted my ERAS application on September 4th and selected 2 programs in my home state to apply to. The next day (Monday), I called my top choice program, spoke to the coordinator, introduced myself, and told her I was going to be flying into town that week for a football game and that I was interested in coming by to introduce myself while I was in town. She downloaded my application, reviewed it with the director, and called me within an hour to offer me an official interview. Interviewed that Friday and had a prematch offer by the following Tuesday. (Just over 1 week from start to finish). She said that they had received hundreds of applications, but that by calling, I had shown that I was genuinely interested in the program and not just applying to their program blindly along with a hundred other places. I called one other program and they weren't nearly as receptive and actually seemed kind of annoyed that I had tried to jump ahead in line...so I guess it varies from program to program and coordinator to coordinator. Definitely worth a shot. Chances are you wouldn't want to go to a program where the administration are a bunch of jerks anyway.
    DrPG likes this.
    Step 1 [x] Step 2 CK [x] Step 2 CS [x] Prematch [x] M.D. [x] Step 3 [x] PGY-1 [x] Unrestricted License [x] PGY-2 [...]
    ☤ + ☭ = N
    Liberty or Death


  4. #4
    jcu's Avatar
    jcu
    jcu is offline Senior Member 7164 points
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Posts
    1,371
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Agree with above. Many applicants e-mail their top programs around this time; PDs/PCs expect this. But, I can't help but comment on -

    I am an American-born IMG and have applied relatively late(second week of october), and was hoping this may help me stand out amongst the large volume of applicants they would be reviewing in November.
    How did this work out for you? I'm assuming not too great considering the topic of this thread. Hopefully future applicants will read this and know what not to do come ERAS season. Applying late doesn't move your application to the front of the pile; apps are generally reviewed in the order they are received starting September 1st. So yea.

  5. #5
    devildoc8404's Avatar
    devildoc8404 is offline Elite Member 11590 points
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Switzerland | Schweiz | Suisse
    Posts
    4,731
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    I am baffled by that logic, as well. Where did the OP come up with the idea that there would be a large influx of November applicants?

    Mid-October is late. Applying late puts you BEHIND everyone else, not at the top of the list. If you want to be reviewed, and you want to not come off as someone who puts things off until the last minute (whether that is the case or not, it would seem that it could very likely be viewed that way by some PDs), then for crying out loud apply the first of September.
    "When I haven't any blue... I use red."
    Pablo Picasso

  6. #6
    papc is offline Newbie 510 points
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Posts
    11
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    What's your residency area in?

Similar Threads

  1. Is Interview Season (Invitations) over for GAS & EM?
    By DR.ACE HIGH in forum Residency Match Forum
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 11-11-2010, 09:34 PM
  2. Replies: 3
    Last Post: 12-14-2009, 05:04 PM
  3. Interview Invitations/Rejections
    By aoliver0 in forum AUC Med School Clinicals
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 09-13-2008, 02:20 AM
  4. Contacting Programs
    By SamMD in forum Residency Match Forum
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 09-23-2005, 12:38 AM
  5. Increase chances of gaining a residency spot
    By saintcayman in forum Residency Match Forum
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 07-16-2005, 08:06 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Site Meter