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Rob Chisholm MSU/KCMS Kalamazoo, MI. “S” Day March 18, 2003. Our Interview Season. NRMP Quota: 10 ~450 applications/~125 invited 97 Interviews/95 Ranked No history of scrambling No worries……right?. March 18. PD – Day shift in the ED

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Rob chisholm msu kcms kalamazoo mi

Rob ChisholmMSU/KCMSKalamazoo, MI

“S” Day

March 18, 2003


Our interview season

Our Interview Season

  • NRMP Quota: 10

  • ~450 applications/~125 invited

  • 97 Interviews/95 Ranked

  • No history of scrambling

  • No worries……right?


March 18

March 18

  • PD – Day shift in the ED

  • PC – 4th Match Day and anxiously awaiting the email from the NRMP

  • 11:29am…….


11 30am

…….11:30am

  • “The” email is opened

  • Holy #!@!


What do i do

What do I do?

  • 6/10 spots filled

  • Seriously, what do I do?

  • From whom do I seek advice? -Ask primary care programs


The game plan

The game plan

  • Established a mode of contact

  • a. Phone, email, fax

  • Have PD get someone to cover his shift (priority!!)

  • Wrote a verbal acceptance form adapted for EM


By 12 00pmish

By 12:00pmish

  • PD now in the office

  • No lunch hours today (order something for delivery)

  • The bombardment begins

  • One phone line, two fax machines available (why?)


By 1 00pmish

By 1:00pmish

  • Applicant list narrowed down to four candidates. Verbal acceptance letters faxed. All accepted offer.


So who did we get

So, who did we get?

  • 2 with prior GME

  • 2 that we no-ranked…ouch

  • No academic or clinical issues with any of these and one was a chief resident


What did we learn

What did we learn?

  • Never EVER let your PD be scheduled to work a day shift on the day we find out if your program filled

  • Be prepared even if your program has never scrambled (it could happen to you)!!


Continued

Continued…..

  • 10-12:1 ratio of interviews to spots 2001 – 9.28, 2010 – 11.11

  • Prepare commitment letter in advance

  • Set up method of communication – indicated on NRMP: fax, email, ERAS

  • ERAS>Tools>Filter/Sort>Scramble Applications


Continued again

Continued…..again

  • Have an applicant filtering questionnaire ready

  • Get help answering phones/prepare message when phone is busy

  • Utilize NRMP web site when positions are filled

  • Try to rank everyone you interviewed


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