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Match and Scramble Articles

When should I have my application ready for the Match season

Letters of Recommendation for Residency when is the best time to request one

Should I wait before my LORs are in the ADT system or apply right away?

I have already registered with ERAS What is NRMP and do I have to register there

How long does it take to have the documents scanned? Can I follow up to verify they have been received?

How Long Should I Make My Personal Statement

Personal statement plagiarism

My Step 2 CK score won’t be available until October. Should I apply now or wait?

My Step 2 CS score won’t be available until December. Should I apply now or wait?

How many programs should I apply for

How many interviews do I need

How do I select the programs to apply?

How much should I budget for the interview season

What is the best time for scheduling my interviews

Obama health reform and primary care physician shortage

Residency Interview - Making a first impression

Residency Interview – Will I be given a medical quiz

Taking notes after the interview. Two forms you cannot leave without

Writing effective Thank You Letter

Prematch - To Ask or Not To Ask: That Is the Question

What does this letter from a program really mean?

Is there still a chance for an interview?

Interview dress code DOs and DONTs

Two weeks before the interview date. What should you do?

Day before interview. What should you do?

Interview Questions – do you have the answer?

I applied in September but did not get any interviews. What should I do?

How many is too many? Canceling an Interview.

Ranking the programs DOs and DONTs

Who is the ranking boss?

Do I need to scramble? Really, Do I?

Match/Pre-Scramble Research - What Should I Focus On - Comment - this is a great article!

What are my chances in the scramble if I do not match?

Scramble - Preference to already interviewed candidates?

Program Ranking: Should I Rank a Program that is on Probation?

Program Ranking: Can I rank preliminary program twice?

Scramble: Choose your e-mail address wisely

Couples Match

To Fax or Not to Fax

To Call or Not to Call

ERAS only programs

Scramble: Unfilled Positions List Timing

A Plan for Scramble



Post Match Scramble

What is the scramble process?


Most of the post match positions get filled by 3PM the post match day!

The game plan:

1. Have the following equipment available: two or 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 McDonalds

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


How does it really work:

1. Monday from about 9AM CST every future resident in the country is trying to log on to the NRMP. Needless to add – most of them unsuccessfully. The closer it gets to 11AM, the less chances one has to get there. The NRMP 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 unmatched 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 timeout. 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: speciality 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 to up to 30 programs you are interested the most.

5. One of your helpers faxes your application to ALL programs in ALL specialties you consider. I recommend using some fax service like jblast.jfax.com/ . You can pre-load your documents in advance. The most important thing – they have lots of phone lines and fax machine 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 same places.

7. You and all other available people call the programs.

8. You get a spot if everything went OK!


When I tried to time all the things that had to be done in the first couple of hours, I realized that there is no way a human being can do that.

It isn’t a big deal to do that manually, but again time is of essence! Try to estimate how much time do you need just to send 30 faxes 10 pages each. Take into account busy signals because everybody else is trying to do the same and you will end up with about 3 hours.