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PAHopeful: My 2007 application process
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发表时间:2008-08-10
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发信人: PAHopeful (PA-C), 信区: MedicalCareer
标 题: My 2007 application process
发信站: BBS 未名空间站 (Sun Aug 10 01:58:09 2008)

It is the time to apply for match again. I am recollecting what I did last
year here and hoping that it can help some of your guys.

1.Determine which specialty I wanted to be in.
2.Researched the programs from FREIDA.
3.Compiled a small Access database containing the programs that I was interested in. It looked like: Program, Specialty, PD_TITLE, PD_LName, PD_Flame,PC_Title,PC_LNAME, PC_FName, Applied DesireLevel, etc.
4.Using Mail Merger tool from Microsoft Word, wrote a batch of mails to each individual program, using the above database, with my credentials to get initial feedback before 09/01.
5.Based on the above feedback, determined the programs I would like to apply to.
6.Applied once the post office open on 09/01.
7.Kept track of feedbacks from the program using the access table.
8.Sent another batch of emails to the programs I had not got any response after waiting for certain period.
9.Sent another batch of emails to the programs that invited me for interview around X-mas.
10.Sent another batch of emails to the programs that I was interested in before finalizing my rank letter at the end of January.
11.Waiting game started until the match day.

Mail merger allows you to write one email and it automatically generates individually addressed copy to different recipients. As far as how to use the Mail Merger tool to generated the proper batched email for each program, please refer to Microsoft Word help. It is a really easy process. You do not need to have any database background in order to utilize it.


Some advices:

1. Make sure each and every LOR is positive.
2. For old CMGs, I would compile the applying package into a big PDF file and send it to the programs that I applied to. Last year I did not do it. Then I wrote emails to those programs that never gave me responses back at the early of January. Several wrote me back and said they were sorry that my application was filter out due to my graduation year. If my application had been reviewed, they had no problem to give me interviews. A couple of them even promised me an interview if any later cancellation.
3. I strongly advice you do some tests before sending out serious stuffs over to the programs with the Mail Merger .


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1   [USMedEdu 于 2008-08-10 11:45:25 提到] [FROM: 10.]
发信人: waitNiw140 (Niw140), 信区: MedicalCareer
标 题: be careful about the blacklists, Re: My 2007 application process
发信站: BBS 未名空间站 (Sun Aug 10 11:03:27 2008)

Thanks.

Just talked with two IM PDs in a residency application seminar yesterday,
was told that it is quite strict for graduation years, and they think the
medical knowledges 10 or 15 years ago were totally different from now. They
would rather pick a fresh one with reasonably good scores than an old
graduate with 99s just because of kaplan. They knew the score improvements
these two years and the kaplan stuffs well.

They mentioned they did receive some e-mails last year, and they think those
e-mails are bugging e-mails, and put the e-mails into spam or trash
directly, and/or put the applicants onto
blacklists. They said they received several thousand applications last year,
and it is very bugging when someone sends them e-mail or letter for some
requests. They said "if you are truly qualified, we will give you an
interview, no need to bugging us for it, we are busy."

So it really depends on the styles of the PDs. Be careful not to be put on
the blacklists. Be careful.

Good Luck!

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