How to Plan for the Scramble by anamaulida


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         <p>The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP®) Scramble is
an oftentimes confusing process that tends to generate a lot of
questions. The Scramble is a system used to fill unfilled residency
positions. Some medical residency programs will have available residency
slots even after the NRMP has completed the Match; these positions become
available during the Scramble period so that those applicants who did not
get a residency position can vie for them. Please see my article
entitled, “What is the Scramble― for a complete calendar of the
Scramble 2010</p> <p>Here’s a step-by-step plan for the Scramble:</p>
<ol> <li> <p>In the weeks before, consider reworking your personal
statement for a second field if you think you might Scramble into a
second specialty. For example, if you are applying in Emergency Medicine
and think you may not match, it might be worth reworking your personal
statement for Family Medicine, if you would be happy in that field as
well, as Family Medicine is less competitive. (Of course the problem with
scrambling into another field is that your application as a whole will be
focused toward the first specialty; however, it still might be worth a
try, especially for a less competitive field.) You can upload the new
personal statement to My ERAS before the Scramble without assigning it to
a residency program.</p> </li> <li> <p>On Monday, March 15, 2010
applicant matched and unmatched information is posted to the NRMP web
site at 12:00 noon EST. If you find out then that you have not matched,
plan to take the next day off.</p> </li> <li> <p>Create a PDF file of
your entire application for emailing and also have copies available for
faxing.</p> </li> <li> <p>Because, unfortunately, the Scramble occurs
through two means – the official one, which is ERAS – and the
informal one, which is faxing and phone calls to programs - it helps to
organize a few friends and some supplies, including a phone line, a fax
line and a computer, for March 16, 2010.</p> </li> <li> <p>On Tuesday,
March 16, 2010 at noon the NRMP's Dynamic List of Unfilled Programs is
released. This list includes all of the residencies that have unfilled
slots. Thus, after looking at the list, you select the programs to which
you want to apply through ERAS. Remember an applicant may apply to a
maximum of thirty new programs in addition to fifteen “old― programs
(residencies to which s/he applied during the regular ERAS season). There
is no charge for applying to programs during the Scramble.</p> </li> <li>
<p>Soon after selecting the programs to which you want to apply through
ERAS, you begin calling your top choices, while trying to send out your
PDF to those programs. This is the chaotic part of the Scramble. Knowing
someone at a program can make a difference.</p> </li> <li> <p>Hopefully,
at the point you will connect with someone at a residency program who
will offer you a phone interview. With luck, you will be offered a
spot.</p> </li> </ol> <p>The Scramble system currently is rather
turbulent. The best plan for the Scramble, of course, is to avoid it
altogether. To improve your residency candidacy fully and thus improve
your chances of matching, consider working with a professional. Because
applicants can unknowingly undermine their chances of success with poorly
compiled application materials and underdeveloped residency personal
statements, a qualified, personalized <a rel="nofollow"
esidency admissions consultant</a> provides a great advantage.</p>
<p>Residency consulting companies come in a variety of forms. Some are
bigger businesses that focus on admissions to several types of graduate
programs – not just medicine. Others are smaller and provide a medical
focus, but have a pool of consultants of varying quality. Finally, elite
companies offer both the medical focus and a highly experienced
consultant who works one-on-one with clients. These professionals are ex-
admissions officers from highly respected medical institutions. They have
the inside knowledge of how residency admissions work, providing
individualized guidance to optimize applicants’ personal essays, ERAS®
and interview skills.</p> <p>When choosing a residency admissions
consulting company, a candidate should verify the company’s references
and research its consultants. It is best if the company does not assign
written materials to outside editors who cannot be evaluated. Elite
companies that offer both the medical focus and a highly experienced
consultant who works one-on-one with clients offer a large advantage for
applicants, especially during these competitive times.</p>        <!--

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