thank you letters after interviewing

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Anonymous (not verified)
second look

Anonymous User wrote:
in my opinion programs know the game from previous years, so thank yous is a nice gesture but in no way expected. Neither is there a specific benefit by doing so. But as I said a nice thing to do especially if the program put on a great show. Sometimes PDs ask "some" candidates to stay in touch, then definitely do so.If you wanna make sure you stay high on the list given you are genuinely interested - then better go for a second look. 
 i head that if a program requires you to revisit they are violating AUA regulations. perhaps you should ask them to reread the rules before you go back for a second look. 

Anonymous (not verified)
emails

IMO, i think emails are just fine, takes a lot of effort and extra $$ to send personalized thank you notes and just not so necessary especially when Email just so easy.  Also, an added benefit is that you actually get a response sometimes from those that you send emails to as I have recently and you can have good correspondence this way if you have additional questions.  that being said, i'm just doing all emails....

Anonymous (not verified)
Thank you letters

Whenever I get thank you letters, I just look at it, shrug, and toss it in the recycling. If the applicant was someone nice, that would have been noted after the interview.If an applicant was not well liked, a letter changes little.If an applicant was someone well liked, a letter doesn't matter because we liked him/her already.If an applicant was somewhere in the middle, a letter won't do anything to push them up the list.Bottom line, don't waste your time and postage unless you really have something interesting to say, e.g., "Hello, I really liked your program. I wanted to highlight something important and new -- my paper just got accepted to the N Eng J Med" or something like that.

Anonymous (not verified)
I don't agree

Anonymous User wrote:
Whenever I get thank you letters, I just look at it, shrug, and toss it in the recycling. If the applicant was someone nice, that would have been noted after the interview.If an applicant was not well liked, a letter changes little.If an applicant was someone well liked, a letter doesn't matter because we liked him/her already.If an applicant was somewhere in the middle, a letter won't do anything to push them up the list.Bottom line, don't waste your time and postage unless you really have something interesting to say, e.g., "Hello, I really liked your program. I wanted to highlight something important and new -- my paper just got accepted to the N Eng J Med" or something like that.
Again, as said earlier in another thread, I read EVERYTHING on here with a grain of salt. I send thank yous if for nothing else to keep with my character of being polite. They were kind enough to give me a coveted interview slot, and sending a heartfelt thank you helps me with my match list anyway-its easy to BS, but in the moment of writing these thank yous, I really do think about what I'm saying and whether I mean it.Like anything else I suppose, take it for what its worth.