Discouraged, Advice anyone?

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wtl2011
Discouraged, Advice anyone?

I know everyone is busy worrying about the status of their own applications and scheduling interviews, but I need some advice or maybe just reassurance from colleagues.  I applied to 70 programs: 5 interview invites 10 definite rejections 35 programs who have already sent out invites who I have heard nothing from – not a yes or a no That leaves 20 programs that I am still waiting to hear from – but half of those are extremely competitive programs, so I have no chance. I obviously applied to the wrong programs – is it too late to add programs now?  Step 1 = 240, state school, 1 published paper, 1 under review for publication, did well on my Sub-I’s and think/hope my LORs reflect that, volunteer and extracurricular activities I thought I was a decent candidate, but feel pretty disheartened right now.  I know everyone in the forums has been saying you have to wait…but programs who I’ve applied to already have filled interview dates – so what is there to wait for?  There’s no chance anymore… 

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Anonymous (not verified)
This advice might be cheap...

...but I think it sounds like you've done everything you were in control of until this point:-you did well on Step 1, published some, good LORsMy advice: Don't count yourself out for the programs you haven't heard from even if they're competitive. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to the programs I've received offers from - some top tier want me and some unranked programs don't.20 is quite a few programs left to hear from. For now  I would focus on knocking the interviews out of the park for the 5 offers you do have. Learn about the programs, the research they do, the focus of the faculty etc. Start wrapping your head around the idea of living in these places. Since you may have fewer interviews than you planned, you should do lots of interview practice with someone who will give you honest and constructive feedback to be sure you're prepared and are putting your best foot forward.  The reality is, you'll get great training where ever you go. Matching is the most important thing. It looks to me like you've got all the raw material to do it. It's a little early to start dispairing.Best of luck! 

Seedy
In the end, all you need is

In the end, all you need is one interview. Yes, the more interviews you go to, the more likely you will match. But just focus on doing well on the ones you got at hand, and you'll do fine. It's stressful looking at the forum and seeing people who got offers at 20+ places, but who cares? You will never be them, and they will never be you. You may end up matching at your first choice; you never know.If all else fails and you don't match this year, you can always do a research year and try again. This matching process is so random and retarded (in terms of criteria used by programs, hectic travel schedule, etc) that there's not much point in reasoning anything.Just keep your head high and look forward to your next interview to impress.

Anonymous (not verified)
Stay strong!

Stay strong, looks like this is a rough year for everyone. Plenty of programs left with first waves and 2nd waves still. Keep your head in the game and don't get discouraged so you can impress people at the interviews. Keep checking your emails and myeras very regularly. One advice would be to not check Uromatch too frequently as it can be discouraging. I stop checking it as often when I am a bit discouraged and it works for me.

Anonymous (not verified)
Yes

Anonymous User wrote:
Stay strong, looks like this is a rough year for everyone. Plenty of programs left with first waves and 2nd waves still. Keep your head in the game and don't get discouraged so you can impress people at the interviews. Keep checking your emails and myeras very regularly. One advice would be to not check Uromatch too frequently as it can be discouraging. I stop checking it as often when I am a bit discouraged and it works for me.
Great advice, there!! :) Totally agree...checking UroMatch so frequently is killing my soul. LoL

wtl2011
thank you

For those that replied, from the bottom of my heart, seriously, thank you so much.You are right, I just need to match with one program. I will do the research to make sure I impress them at the interviews I do have.Really, I can't thank you enough for your kind words and encouragement...really happy to see what type of people I will be working with in the future.

Anonymous (not verified)
It is not unheard of to have

It is not unheard of to have the dean of your med school of the chair of  your home dept to "make a call" on your behalf to appeal for an interview as well as the candidate writing a personal letter to the program director expressing the virtues of the desired program and why they would be a good fit.  At my med school they recommend doing this selectively for only your top 1-3 choices if you are hard up on interviews.  If you can get up to 10 interviews total your chances of matching approach 90-100% is what I hear thrown around.  You are half way there and these next weeks are the busiest in terms of offers.  Others who have been offered interviews will have to make some cancellations as well and this could shake things up a bit.  I do think it would be reasonable to write to some of the ones you have not heard from and ask to be on the wait list, if there is one, and say that you are really interested in the program...or to seek advice from a current chief/senior resident on etiquette at that program for expressing interest.  It's still early in the game as others have stated. 

Anonymous (not verified)
above post is good advice.

above post is good advice. Lots of people will be canceling interviews in the near future (me included - i have already canceled 3) and spots will open up. You are already close to 10 and my guess is you will pick a few more up.   

Anonymous (not verified)
Magic number

Is there a magic number of interviews that you need to match? Of course there are people who take 20 interviews and don't match and there are also those who take 3 interviews and match. Those are the exceptions.For the normal applicant, what's the "magic number"? I've heard 10, 12, 15, 18. I don't know what to believe.

Anonymous (not verified)
12-13

Anonymous User wrote:
Is there a magic number of interviews that you need to match? Of course there are people who take 20 interviews and don't match and there are also those who take 3 interviews and match. Those are the exceptions.For the normal applicant, what's the "magic number"? I've heard 10, 12, 15, 18. I don't know what to believe.
 I was told 12-13 by two PDs at 2 very different programs

Anonymous (not verified)
Good to hear

Anonymous User wrote:
 
 I was told 12-13 by two PDs at 2 very different programs[/quote] Well, that's encouraging. I already have 12 and a lot of the programs in my region are yet to release their interviews. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like I'm going to get any interviews from the prestigious programs, however.