For any students wondering what to do if they write or receive love letters from residency programs, here is an oldie but goodie to help. Since this post, we conducted a 7 school study in 2010 of graduates that showed that almost one-fifth reported feeling assured by a program they would match there but did not despite ranking that program first. Nearly one-fourth said they changed their rank order list based on communications with programs. The conclusion “Students should be advised to interpret any comments made by programs cautiously.” And of course be mindful that the 2013 Rank order list certification deadline is Feb 20th at 8pm Central Time. Good luck!
Vineet Arora MD
While Valentine’s Day is coming soon, a different sort of ‘love letter’ may be sent or received by senior medical students. As recruitment season draws to a close, residency programs and applicants may be busy exchanging notes of interest, affectionately dubbed “love letters” by scores of medical students and on StudentDoctor.net.
What do these love letters mean? Some students have asked us whether it is a Match Violation to get or send a love letter. Others have worried they did not send enough or what type of language they should use. Well, here are some quick tips on how to approach this somewhat awkward situation.
- Is it a Match Violation? It is not a Match Violation for a program or a student to express interest in the other. However, these statements of interest cannot be binding (i.e. we will only rank you highly if you rank us #1). If there is any part of it…
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