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    nilan is offline Newbie
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    Can someone please tell me how does Scramble works?
    My questions is can you only scramble into speciality that you applied? or can you scramble into any specialities??????
    Eg: say if i apply for Surgery program only, can i scramble into a surgery program / can i scramble into any surgery / internal med / fm???
    thank you in advance

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    From ECFMG | ECFMG ERAS: Overview

    NRMP Post-Match Scramble

    This general information about the post-Match Scramble may answer most of your questions. Please be aware that the Scramble involves three different organizations:
    All applicants who have not matched with a residency program may participate in the post-Match Scramble. If you have any outstanding fees with the AAMC ERAS or with ECFMG, you must make the necessary payment(s) to clear any outstanding balances; otherwise, you will be prohibited from participating in the Scramble.
    The Scramble starts on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 at 12:00 noon and ends on Thursday, March 15, 2007 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Time in the United States. You may apply to any program with an unfilled position.
    Apply as soon as the list of unfilled programs has been posted at www.nrmp.org at 12:00 noon, Eastern Time in the United States, on Tuesday, March 13, 2007. You will not have access to the list of unfilled programs if you did not register with the Match; refer to NRMP website for its policies. The Match Agreement prohibits applicants from sharing the NRMP's List of Unfilled Programs with individuals who did not register with the Match.
    You may apply to a maximum of 30 programs during the two-day Scramble. There is no charge for applying to programs during the Scramble if you have registered with the NRMP. Any programs to which you apply after 12:00 noon, Eastern Time in the United States, on Thursday, March 15, 2007 will be charged at the regular rate.
    If you have previously applied to a program with an unfilled position, contact the program to remind them that they have your application and request that they take another look at it. You cannot re-transmit your application.
    Important Information

    Regardless of whether you have or have not registered with the NRMP, you should not contact any programs before noon on Tuesday, March 13, 2007. It is important that you understand the terms and conditions of the Match Agreement; therefore, please read the agreement found on the NRMP website. Programs will take note of applicants who violate this Match rule and may report them to the NRMP. Programs as well as applicants are bound by the Match Agreement.
    We also urge you not to engage services that, for a fee, purport to help you by flooding programs with unsolicited applications from multiple applicants, either by e-mail or fax. Instead of being helpful, in most cases they are detrimental to your application. Therefore, be sure to register with the NRMP by the late-registration/rank order list certification deadline. After having consulted the list of unfilled programs on Tuesday of Match Week, go to MyERAS and apply to some of those programs. Be sure to assign your LoRs and USMLE transcript to the programs, so that we can transmit them accordingly.
    It is important to know that programs may participate in ERAS but not in the Match. The reverse holds true - programs may participate in the Match but may not participate in ERAS. You will need to research this information on your own.
    ERAS Support Services at ECFMG during the Scramble

    During the two Scramble days, we will login to the ERAS PostOffice several times each day to retrieve your document assignments and program lists. We will process those lists and transmit your documents shortly thereafter. You may change any information that the software will allow you to change. You may change the information in MyProfile and you may reassign personal statements and LoRs.
    During the 48 hours of the Scramble, there is no time for manual processing. Your file must be ready for automatic processing by our system before the Scramble begins. That means:
    • One week before the Scramble, you must apply to at least one program at MyERAS.
    • If you are sending us new or replacement LoRs, we must have them one week prior to the Scramble. If you have a new or additional LoR, assign it to one of your original programs. This gives us time to attach it before the Scramble.
    • If you are sending us a replacement LoR from the same writer, attach a note to it that reads, "This replaces the previous LoR." Otherwise, we might mistake it for the LoR we have already scanned and discard it without scanning.
    • You must also make sure that all of your documents have been received and assigned, so that we can attach and transmit them before the Scramble.
    • If you are planning to apply during the post-Match Scramble only, you must still apply to at least one program about one week before the Scramble.
    • You cannot make changes to your CAF, however you can update your Profile at any time.
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