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I have read that applications are downloaded on first come first served basis and people applying late get less if no interviews. Due to various reasons I may not be applying until Oct 30.
Assuming that I don't match this year - if I apply for the next Match season, is that a considered a red flag by PDs ? Purely based on what I have read on various forums, programs have filters to remove previous applicants or maintain data of the previous years applicants .I would really appreciate if someone could please clarify this ? Are Repeat applicants at a disadvantage ? Do they get lesser IVs ?
Its important for me to know so I can decide if I should apply this year or wait & apply next year. If being a reapplicant will ruin my chances next year , I would rather wait another year and strengthen my resume with USCE.
Could someone who has been a repeat applicant and matched please share your experience.
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I have read that applications are downloaded on first come first served basis and people applying late get less if no interviews. Due to various reasons I may not be applying until Oct 30.
Assuming that I don't match this year - if I apply for the next Match season, is that a considered a red flag by PDs ? Purely based on what I have read on various forums, programs have filters to remove previous applicants or maintain data of the previous years applicants .I would really appreciate if someone could please clarify this ? Are Repeat applicants at a disadvantage ? Do they get lesser IVs ?
Its important for me to know so I can decide if I should apply this year or wait & apply next year. If being a reapplicant will ruin my chances next year , I would rather wait another year and strengthen my resume with USCE.
Could someone who has been a repeat applicant and matched please share your experience.
Thanks in advance.
I have asked a dean of a famous US university that question she said NO such thing as repeat applicants its a myth
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No such thing as Repeat applicants ??
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It probably depends on the reason you didn't get matched the first time.

You carry over your "risk factors" of not matching every time you join the match, plus the other risk factor of another year past graduation. This is what makes it unlikely for a rematch.

But if the reason is that you applied to the more competitive ones or that you applied to too few of the less competitive ones, then just change your strategy and your chances will improve.

The second is the reason why programs in their right minds would not filter just because it's a repeat application. Plus, the fact that there are a lot of other things to be considered in an application and that the characteristics of this year's pool of applicant is not necessarily the same as last year.
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I think it depends on the situation. I'm a repeat applicant to anesthesiology this year, but I also managed to match to a prelim IM program in last year's match. So yeah, it all depends on what you've done since last year
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This is the first year I will be applying . However, I may end up applying late due to various reasons & as a result may get lesser IVs & hence lesser chance of matching. I still wanted to apply but then I read these posts that programs either maintain a list of previous years applicants OR have a way to filter them out ( AAMC ID) .
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It probably depends on the reason you didn't get matched the first time.

You carry over your "risk factors" of not matching every time you join the match, plus the other risk factor of another year past graduation. This is what makes it unlikely for a rematch.

But if the reason is that you applied to the more competitive ones or that you applied to too few of the less competitive ones, then just change your strategy and your chances will improve.

The second is the reason why programs in their right minds would not filter just because it's a repeat application. Plus, the fact that there are a lot of other things to be considered in an application and that the characteristics of this year's pool of applicant is not necessarily the same as last year.
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Absolutely true !!!!

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So yeah, it all depends on what you've done since last year
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I was under the impression that programs don't get that information whether or not you're a reapplicant ?
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You're right ERAS doesnt reveal that info. By repeat applicant , i meant applying to same program as previous year . The same program would know .

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@ron2006> Why do you assume you won't get interviews or match. Don't do that man. Just have faith. You have made a lot of sacrifice , don't give up now. Apply. And no, there's no such thing as repeat applicants ( ERAS info already clarify that on twitter). The only way a program would know is if they remember your name or your profile , which is very unlikely considering the number of applications they receive each year. One other way I could think of is if you use old LOR. But you are not going to repeat my friend. HAve faith and may God be with you.
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This is the first year I will be applying . However, I may end up applying late due to various reasons & as a result may get lesser IVs & hence lesser chance of matching. I still wanted to apply but then I read these posts that programs either maintain a list of previous years applicants OR have a way to filter them out ( AAMC ID) .
Glad that's not the case.
Don't worry. I know someone who didn't match the first time and got matched the second time by applying to other programs.

I don't think rematch is a factor and it shouldn't be. If a program thinks that way, it's a stupid program. It should study an application based on its own merit.
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Thanks docgyneco for being so encouraging. God Bless !

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@ron2006> Why do you assume you won't get interviews or match. Don't do that man. Just have faith. You have made a lot of sacrifice , don't give up now. Apply. And no, there's no such thing as repeat applicants ( ERAS info already clarify that on twitter). The only way a program would know is if they remember your name or your profile , which is very unlikely considering the number of applications they receive each year. One other way I could think of is if you use old LOR. But you are not going to repeat my friend. HAve faith and may God be with you.
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