How many interviews is normal at this stage

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Anonymous (not verified)
Hoping to match

Glad you guys are really focused on the top places. For some of us, we're just hoping to get a spot ANYWHERE.   

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I would be interested to see how people rate the surgical training at the above top tier academic programs... I don't know if anyone else wants to know the same? I could start it off just based on things I have heard (warning, many of these may be inaccurate based on what you have heard/seen, feel free to correct)Purely for surgical training:Very good: Vandy, Emory, Michigan, Penn, Cleveland Clinic, UCLA, UTSW, PittGood: Indiana, mayo, columbia, baylor, northwestern, UWash, USC, UCSF, BWH, Uchicago, WashUAverage: Hopkins, duke, cornell, stanford, MGH,  Any major disagreements? 

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Anonymous User wrote:
I would be interested to see how people rate the surgical training at the above top tier academic programs... I don't know if anyone else wants to know the same? I could start it off just based on things I have heard (warning, many of these may be inaccurate based on what you have heard/seen, feel free to correct)Purely for surgical training:Very good: Vandy, Emory, Michigan, Penn, Cleveland Clinic, UCLA, UTSW, PittGood: Indiana, mayo, columbia, baylor, northwestern, UWash, USC, UCSF, BWH, Uchicago, WashUAverage: Hopkins, duke, cornell, stanford, MGH,  Any major disagreements? 
What is the utility of this discussion? So we can base our rank list based off the unqualified views of anonymous users on this site? I am confused what purpose it serves. Please enlighten me. 

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Anonymous User wrote:
I would be interested to see how people rate the surgical training at the above top tier academic programs... I don't know if anyone else wants to know the same? I could start it off just based on things I have heard (warning, many of these may be inaccurate based on what you have heard/seen, feel free to correct)Purely for surgical training:Very good: Vandy, Emory, Michigan, Penn, Cleveland Clinic, UCLA, UTSW, PittGood: Indiana, mayo, columbia, baylor, northwestern, UWash, USC, UCSF, BWH, Uchicago, WashUAverage: Hopkins, duke, cornell, stanford, MGH,  Any major disagreements? 
What is the utility of this discussion? So we can base our rank list based off the unqualified views of anonymous users on this site? I am confused what purpose it serves. Please enlighten me. 
I think the assumption that everyone is equally unqualified is not valid. For instance, if someone has done aways at two of these programs and his/her home school is also on the list, then they may have a more qualified opinion of three programs than people who just interview there. Obviously, this does not guarantee that their opinion is valid but it serves as a starting point. So I didn't mean to stir up any strong feelings, I was just wondering what I am sure many people out there are wondering. There are many programs out there. So if anyone feels "qualified" to comment, please do so

ralprobot
The utility

 [/quote]What is the utility of this discussion? So we can base our rank list based off the unqualified views of anonymous users on this site? I am confused what purpose it serves. Please enlighten me. [/quote]I don't see what is wrong with someone trying to make sense of an extremely mysterious process.  Unless you have done an away at a place, all anyone has to go on are the random methodology of US news ranking, biased program websites, and the word of mout from mentors and students who have rotated at a location.  The utility, which you say you fail to see, is to gather intelligence on programs that we will only have a single day to evaluate.  The  authors of this discussion appear to hope to balance the bias and subjectivity of choosing programs by getting as many opinions as possible.  Of course the opinions here will be unreliable and biased.  So is every other opinion that anyone will receive during this season. 

Anonymous (not verified)
re: utility

ralprobot wrote:
 
What is the utility of this discussion? So we can base our rank list based off the unqualified views of anonymous users on this site? I am confused what purpose it serves. Please enlighten me. [/quote]I don't see what is wrong with someone trying to make sense of an extremely mysterious process.  Unless you have done an away at a place, all anyone has to go on are the random methodology of US news ranking, biased program websites, and the word of mout from mentors and students who have rotated at a location.  The utility, which you say you fail to see, is to gather intelligence on programs that we will only have a single day to evaluate.  The  authors of this discussion appear to hope to balance the bias and subjectivity of choosing programs by getting as many opinions as possible.  Of course the opinions here will be unreliable and biased.  So is every other opinion that anyone will receive during this season. [/quote] I agree with ralprobot. People are usually making their decisions based on limited information from interviews. But, they can make more informed decisions about their aways and home programs... So, no everyone has an unqualified opinion, and this discussion may help identify what the overall opinion (however biased it may be) is on the surgical training of those programs.

Jax375
Where is everyone at now?

Want to see where I stand...Applied to 55 programs240's Step 1Great 3rd year gradesUro research pubs ~ 2Mid-tier home program in NEGreat ERAS photo=14 invites thus farAdditionally, I really think there is a threshold to getting invites.  For example, applying to more programs may not get you anywhere because Uro is such a regional match.  In retrospect, I don't know why I applied to certain schools well away from my current region when I knew my shot was minimal at best....

galeezi205
Maybe

Jax375 wrote:
Want to see where I stand...Applied to 55 programs240's Step 1Great 3rd year gradesUro research pubs ~ 2Mid-tier home program in NEGreat ERAS photo=14 invites thus farAdditionally, I really think there is a threshold to getting invites.  For example, applying to more programs may not get you anywhere because Uro is such a regional match.  In retrospect, I don't know why I applied to certain schools well away from my current region when I knew my shot was minimal at best....
I don't necessarily agree with everything above. I am an applicant from the NE with aways rotations around the area and I got interviews in California, Arizona, and FL (some at mid-tier programs that I did not expect). The only region where my app was overlooked was at the some midwest programs and texas, and surprisingly, the NE out of the tristate area. I think that the regionality is limited and if you can picture yourself somewhere, just apply.That being said, what are the thoughts on matching at a non-regional place after the interview and do second looks have a big impact on it?

ralprobot
canceling a bunch.

31 interviews so far.  applied to about 75.not really up for sharing stats at this point since i'm sure the government is tracking all of us.  just wanted to post to say that I'm in the process of cancelling 9-10 interviews.  A couple of them are BIG names, but I just can't make it to them. so look out for a few more maybe.

UroGeek
# of applicants

I heard of rumors saying that this year there are ~600 applicants for 277 spots. Potentially making this year a death match classic.....

Anonymous (not verified)
Doubt it.

I doubt that there are 600 applicants this year.  I was told that there are ~40 LESS applicants than last year as a pool, yet each one individually applied to more schools.