Thursday, February 02, 2006

Scamble -1

Official Timeline
February 22, 2006
Late Registration Deadline
Rank order list certification deadline
Applicants and programs must certify their rank order lists by 9:00 PM eastern time. Staff will be available to answer your questions during the final deadline hours. CERTIFIED applicant and program rank order lists and any other information pertinent to the Match must be entered in the R3 System by this date and time.

Monday, March 13, 2006
Applicant matched and unmatched information posted to the Web site at 12:00 noon eastern time.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Filled and unfilled results for individual programs posted to the Web site at 11:30 am eastern time.

Locations of all unfilled positions are released at 12:00 noon eastern time. Unmatched applicants may begin contacting unfilled programs at 12:00 noon eastern time.

March 16, 2006
Match Day! Match results for applicants are posted to Web site at 1:00 pm eastern time.
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Plan of The Game

1. Have the following equipment available: two or even better, three phone lines, cell phones will do fax machine; computer with high speed internet connection a couple of friends who will help you to call the programs frozen lunches or a friend ready to bring some from the nearest McDonald's
2. Get the unmatched programs list
3. Call, e-mail and Fax your application as fast as you can, so you are ahead of others

What you should expect on that day
1. Monday from about 9 AM CST every future resident in the country is trying to log on to the NRMP. Needless to add - most of them are unsuccessful. The closer it gets to 11 AM, the less chances one has to get there. The web site just cannot handle the load. That's where having a fast internet connection, more than one computer and a couple of friends trying to log on, pays off big time.
2. After logging on, you still are three clicks away from downloading a list of unfilled programs. Each click you will have to repeat from 10 to 100 times because everybody else is doing that. What you will see is a "Site is unavailable" page after some time out. My advice - do not give up and start over, use browser "Refresh" to get thru.
3. After getting the list, you have to filter out the information you need: specialty and geographic location. Now you need to compile a list of phone numbers, e-mails and faxes of the programs you want to apply to.
4. You log on to ERAS and apply for 20-25 programs you are interested the most. Save 5 applications for the leads you are going to get from faxing and e-mailing.
5. One of your helpers faxes your application to ALL programs in ALL specialties you consider. I recommend using some fax service like http://jblast.jfax.com/ . You can pre-load your documents in advance. The most important thing - they have lots of phone lines and fax machines trying to deliver your faxes simultaneously. Their service is $.06 per page and it's worth it!
6. Another helper of yours e-mails your application to the programs.
7. You and all other helpers available call the programs.
8. You get a spot if everything went OK!

Everything listed above should be of some help for you just by itself. If you need professional help getting your information before or after the match to as many programs as possible, please see the "IMG Residency Match" and "Post Match Scramble" pages.

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