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  1. These are some excellent points, I am glad to have matched but my aim in writing here was really to make people aware that you may not get your 1-3 choice. I was given the advice that you do not go down the ROL much everyone gets one of their top 3, but that is not the case. I definitely would’ve changed my ROL had I thought it would go down past the top 3-4. Thank you everyone for all the support, I appreciate knowing I’m not the only one in this boat this year.
  2. By choices I meant program options in ROL, depending on how many specialties and how broadly you apply, you may have to rank 10 to maybe 100 options as you rank each program and then each site within the program. If you go to the Carms website and click on program description you can see the programs and the sites in each program. Hope this helps...
  3. I matched into my back up specialty. At this point I just want to move on instead of rethinking everything I did or could’ve done differently this past year. Found out today I passed the LMCC so that’s some good news :)
  4. So I went through Carms this year applying to two different specialties, we were strongly encouraged to do so to improve match rates. Some of my classmates applied to 3 specialties, I don’t know how they had CVs good for that. Anyways I matched into my 8th choice on ROL in first iteration. Since match day I have had many different emotions. In hindsight I wish I had known many things, especially how unforgiving Carms is. The thought of not ranking a program if I don’t want to do it is easy to say but when I submitted ROL my goal was to match no matter what. I had many friends who went unmatche
  5. Hi I don’t have any personal experience but 3 ppl in my class took some time off for depression and two ppl joined us from the yr above. One of them I was friends with and we would talk a lot, we would discuss careers, we would study together, share notes etc. I think having a good friend base/ support system is key. My buddy matched into family and the other person who joined us after taking time off matched into internal so it has worked out for them you can say. I hope this helps I think time you spend with like minded ppl going thru Med school and supporting each other is the best thing we
  6. Hi, I am an RN who got in 4 yrs ago, i asked my nursing professors and some of the doctors i worked with as a nurse to write me reference letters. I went through Carms this year and I matched into my back up specialty in the 1st round. We were all advised to back up with so many people going unmatched, I knew alot of the people last year that didnt match and joined our match so I backed up. My advice is think about it, if there is nothing else that would make you fulfilled other than becoming a doctor then go for it! But once you get in really gun for the specialty you want and have a back up
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