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    Where can I find out how much it will be to apply for Residency positions? Also, where can I find out how to actually apply for programs come September 1st?

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    In short...

    Programs (each specialty):..................Cost:
    Up to 10............................................$75 flat fee
    11-20................................................ $8 each
    21-30................................................ $15 each
    31 or more........................................$25 each

    Let's just say it adds up, especially when you get into the larger numbers.

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    Thanks for the info! So we apply to programs from myERAS after certifying and submitting our application on September 1st?

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    Quote Originally Posted by devildoc8404 View Post
    In short...

    Programs (each specialty):..................Cost:
    Up to 10............................................$75 flat fee
    11-20................................................ $8 each
    21-30................................................ $15 each
    31 or more........................................$25 each

    Let's just say it adds up, especially when you get into the larger numbers.
    OUCH! I love how their examples on the website only apply to 30 programs...

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    I realize this depends on specialty and person, but what is a ballpark number of programs we should be considering applying to?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperFly88 View Post
    I realize this depends on specialty and person, but what is a ballpark number of programs we should be considering applying to?
    Asked and answered. It depends on specialty, finances, board scores, research (depending on specialty), quality of LORs, personal preference to any number of factors, etc.

    I've known more than one student who has applied to all the programs they could to the tune of thousands of dollars in fees. The theory is it is cheaper to apply as broadly as possible and get something than be conservative, set your career back a year, find employment, and pay to repeat the entire process again next year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheFooBar View Post
    I've known more than one student who has applied to all the programs they could to the tune of thousands of dollars in fees. The theory is it is cheaper to apply as broadly as possible and get something than be conservative, set your career back a year, find employment, and pay to repeat the entire process again next year.
    Sounds like the smartest thing to do to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Salama View Post
    Sounds like the smartest thing to do to me.
    Other strategies include (typically for specialties that are very competitive):

    Take a year off during med school to do intense research. One person at SGU I met did this between 2nd and 3rd year, published articles, got published in a text book and then prematched into ortho. While the story has a great ending keep in mind his research was unpaid (he was able to live at home), if he had loans he had to make payments, and even with all of this he got only 2 interviews.

    Don't apply during M4 and instead take a year (or two) after med school to improve your application. It's easier to get a paying research job, but the downside is that you only have a few months after graduating before you have to start applying (assuming you are only taking a single year) and you might not have published anything in that short period of time. The theory is that the first time you apply is when you are the strongest candidate and it's better to improve your application if you know it needs it rather than apply in M4 when you are almost assured not to match. The SGU student who did this matched into urology last year.

    Also, not all of these stories have happy endings. I know one SGU grad who took two years after med school and did research. Applied for surgery and was accepted as a prelim at the program where he did his two years of research. After his prelim intern year he was not offered a categorical spot and is now a FM resident.
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    You do mean MS 4 to apply, right...applying your 3 rd yr in med school is probably not a wise idea
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