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On 11/17/2019 at 10:24 AM, MDinCanada said:

CV, interview?

I think this has already been done in the US

The biggest detriment of this would be pushing the "gunning" process even earlier. I don't think this is a good idea for that reason. AFMC portal has already attempted to standardize the electives process. You can see from their attempt that every school has their own peculiarities that they have refused to drop. I think it is a great idea to standardize and make the elective process more streamlined, but we can see this was already tried and it was a gargantuan effort just to get AFMC portal up and running, I think there are a lot of entrenched policies that will make further change challenging at best. 

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