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If an applicant applies to match but is unsuccessful, will this be detrimental to an application the following year? Basically is there a way of program directors knowing that you have been unsuccessful previously???
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Statistically speaking, second time applicants have been less successful throughout the history of matching.

There are many factors for that, for example; more years after graduation, longer CV gaps, poor ERAS management, insisting on difficult specialties with no backup, older US LoRs, ...etc

However, as whether they will know if you have applied last year or not, I think the answer is YES. I asked the residency coordinator in the program where I work and she told me yes she can see repeated applicants. The ERAS PDWS (Program Director WorkStation) software is a complicated software that allows access to a wide range of applicants information.

I also know two other programs in Pennsylvania who explicitly mentioned to me that they filter out second time applicants, no matter how good is their profile.

Also, this issue has been discussed before here
http://www.usmle-forums.com/residenc...pplicants.html

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I was planning on completing a masters degree before starting residency, so would apply to start 2 years after graduation. I was thinking of applying at graduation and starting then, if I do not match could go ahead with masters degree... I guess it is best to just apply after.

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Now I am confused.. I did buy a token last year and registered at theERAS but I never sent any document or finished my applications or even my profile was planning to take CK quickly and apply late but I never did! Is that mean I am a repeat applicant too?
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Now I am confused.. I did buy a token last year and registered at theERAS but I never sent any document or finished my applications or even my profile was planning to take CK quickly and apply late but I never did! Is that mean I am a repeat applicant too?
No, you won't be seen as repeated applicant by the PDWS portal because you did not apply to programs.

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Yikes! I better think this through this year in that case! I was thinking of applying with a step 1, CS, USCE (2 months), 2011 grad and putting my Step 2 ck on hold. I'm giving my Step 1 soon and am holding out for a good score! Thanks Step Taker! Any advice on this plan? better apply now or next year?
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