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  1. If a program decides not to rank an applicant post interview, it's BECAUSE the program would prefer to have an empty spot rather than match that applicant. Most programs plan to rank all applicants they interview unless the interview goes poorly or there is a red flag.
  2. I’m not sure you have a complete understanding of the match. It’s not as if the program was aware it hadn’t filled all its spots before the first iteration results were released. They program probably incorrectly assumed it had interviewed and ranked enough applicants who had in turn ranked the program high enough for the spots to be filled. That and/or not enough applicants were interested in the program and matched to more preferred choices. In all likelihood, the program probably wished it had ranked more applicants after the results came out. The second iteration is a lot heavier fo
  3. The problem is the CaRMS match happens first, so if you match to a Canadian residency program you will be automatically withdrawn from the American match. You don't get to match to a program in Canada, subsequently match to something in the US, then get to pick between the two. Basically, you have to not submit a rank-order list to CaRMS at all if you seriously want to match to the US; however, you then risk not matching in either country at all. It's a very risky move. In most cases, it's not feasible to apply to programs in both countries as you only have so much elective time in fourth year
  4. It ends up on your dean’s letter. The vast majority of programs do not care about applicants being unmatched before per se unless there was some red flag, in which case it does matter. Most people don’t match because of bad strategies so it’s immaterial basically when applying the following year.
  5. Programs are actually not allowed to ask you what other specialties/programs you’ve applied to. It’s in the rules on the CaRMS website.
  6. Exactly. And those are only the stats for people who 1) got internal interviews, and 2) ranked internal first. I'm sure the numbers are worse for people who backed up with internal and didn't match to their speciality of choice. I also heard of a few internal gunners this cycle who got very few or zero interviews. The game is changing for internal medicine, which is not surprising.
  7. The problem with Toronto is there is very much no guarantee you will get an interview EVEN IF you rock those 6 weeks, get a glowing letter, are told by multiple faculty you will match there, get interviews almost everywhere else you applied using the letter you got from Toronto. This happened to me. Internal med interviews are definitely NOT guaranteed. I would plan electives assuming you won't get an interview at Toronto. Hopefully you do! But play it safe and don't use up more than 3 weeks at any one centre.
  8. Dal used to provide phone calls to IP applicants before they included application scores in the decision letters. Now that they do, there's no need to make those calls.
  9. I don't think most people expect to get in to any one school. People who've interviewed at a number of places might expect to get in somewhere because (1) they have multiple interviews and (2) the fact they received multiple interviews means they're probably good applicants.
  10. This year was extremely tight for internal medicine. 498/502 spots were filled. Most applicants who were "all in" for internal medicine this year didn't get 2-3 interviews they were expecting to receive, let alone people who were backing up. Internal programs generally require 3 letters and you realistically need 2 letters from internists. A strong 3rd general letter from another specialty would generally be fine. I'm going to venture and say that it's extremely unlikely many people matched to internal this year who hadn't done at least one internal elective. That said, family this year w
  11. Completely doable. Try your hardest to switch up your electives. Learn lots of urology before your electives and get good letters. Try to write up a case report or some other type of research. Apply to surgery as well.
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