Post-Interview Communication

15 posts / 0 new
Last post
uroapplicant123
Post-Interview Communication

Hey folks,Just read an interesting article (http://journals.lww.com/academicmedicine/Fulltext/2012/10000/The_Prevale...) dealing with the phenomenon of post-interview communications between residency programs and applicants after the match.  Of note, students applying into surgical subspecialties were significantly more likely to be contacted by program directors and given an indication of where they would fall on the program's rank list.  This is a violation of the match rules, but obviously happens quite frequently.My question is this: how do people feel about it?  I think the politics of the match, especially in urology, put a tremendous amount of pressure on applicants to "campaign" for themselves by contacting programs, indicating their top choice(s), and altering their rank list in accordance with promises made by program directors.  Have people started getting contacted yet?  I haven't been contacted after an interview, but I did have several very uncomfortable interviews with charimen and program directors who insisted on knowing my rank list and where else I was interviewing.  Also, what do people know about specific programs (ie, are there some that abide by the rules, and others that will be actively and aggressively contacting their top candidates)?Thanks, and good luck to everyone in the match!

Edited by: nicky on 05/11/2015 - 19:51 Reason: Updated by FeedsNodeProcessor
some idiot
Nada

I haven't been contacted by any programs outside of the interview. I did have a few programs mention ranking me highly during the interview, but I heard quite a few people say the same interviewer told them the same, so I pretty much wrote it off. I will be contacting my top choice programs to indicate my interest soon. I wouldn't mind having a program express interest in me, but I don't think it would change how I rank them. It would be quite reassuring to know my top program is also interested in me. 

Anonymous (not verified)
Dartmouth left a great

Dartmouth left a great impression for me regarding post-interview contact. The PD explicetly stated NO thank you cards, second looks, phone calls from home PD and there will be no communication from there end as well. I really appreciated that type of approach.

Anonymous (not verified)
Can't Judge based on what they say!

Most Programs say " We would like you to come back here" " We really think you are a good fit". I think those are common statements used and our ranking ahould not be based on those statements.Does anyone have any idea on how many programs we need to rank to match? I will be ranking 15 schools. Keeping my fingers crossed! 

Anonymous (not verified)
top programs

some idiot wrote:
I will be contacting my top choice programs to indicate my interest soon.
Are you contacting more programs than just your first choice? How will you indicate to those programs that you're ranking them highly but not first?

Anonymous (not verified)
# Needed to Match this year

In order to match this year, you need to have interviewed at 37 places. This is something I have heard from multiple people throughout the trail. I personally thought it was a bit low, but I suppose things have eased up over the years.Haha, j/k. I would just use your gut and some logic in making your list and then let the NRMP/AUA Algorithm do the rest. Have confidence in your prior interviews and your decade of sacrifice up to this point --- and DON'T WORRY about a set number!

Knight_md
Dartmouth

Anonymous User wrote:
Dartmouth left a great impression for me regarding post-interview contact. The PD explicetly stated NO thank you cards, second looks, phone calls from home PD and there will be no communication from there end as well. I really appreciated that type of approach.
That's easily the best approach I've heard yet. I didn't know what exactly to do, so I contacted every single interviewer to thank them for their time, present the highlights of my application, and hope to work with them in the future. Didn't elude to my ranking as that would be against the rules.These thank you notes were very time consuming, so I'd prefer if every PD included this slide about post-interview communication in their powerpoint presentation.

Anonymous (not verified)
Maryland

was also "no-contact" after the interview.I really appreciate the approach and it speaks to a program being confident about the quality of an interview day.Realistically, post-interview contact isn't going to move anything more than a spot or so and just promotes a lot of extra work and potential confusion.

some idiot
Not sure

Anonymous User wrote:
some idiot wrote:
I will be contacting my top choice programs to indicate my interest soon.
Are you contacting more programs than just your first choice? How will you indicate to those programs that you're ranking them highly but not first?
I've been stressing out about how to rank programs the last few days, so now I'm not sure how I'm going to do things. I'll probably just contact the top 5 or so to let them know I enjoyed their program and I appreciate them having me out.

Anonymous (not verified)
Top 5

Assuming most programs aren't like Dartmouth, and post-interview communication is encouraged. I imagine we should contact our top 5. What to say to the number 1 is obvious, but what do you say to #2-#5? What wording, exactly, do you use?Also- any word on second looks? What is the consensus opinion out there?

Anonymous (not verified)
Has anyone been contacted by

Has anyone been contacted by a program stating their interest in you?