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Hi everyone,

I was just wondering as how safe is to apply to two different programs in the same university/hospital..
As I have already applied for IM and now I am intending to apply in Pediatrics too..is there anyway by which the PD can know I have applied to same hospital in 2 different programs and jeoparadize my chance for matching in IM!

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I'd say it's safe in 99% of the time.

The following situations might be risky:
  • If you apply to a prelim internal medicine (and an advanced program such as Neurology) and the same time you apply to categorical IM in the same hospital, then you'll be caught.
  • If you apply to similar specialties (that have the same selection committee) for example prelim IM and categorical IM.
Other than those situations, PDs do not generally try to look up which specialties you have applied for.

The NRMP specifically mentions that PDs should not inquire about which specialties/programs candidates have applied for.

The other extremely unlikely event, is that when the applicant get two interviews at the same hospital then in that case there's a slight chance that people might recognize him (as they've seen him walking in the hospital in the first interview) and then they'll know he is applying for more than one program. But this is extremely unlikely.

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I'd say it's safe in 99% of the time.

The following situations might be risky:
  • If you apply to a prelim internal medicine (and an advanced program such as Neurology) and the same time you apply to categorical IM in the same hospital, then you'll be caught.
  • If you apply to similar specialties (that have the same selection committee) for example prelim IM and categorical IM.

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Are you sure about the second point because I have applied for prelim and categorical gen surg at most places?
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I'd say it's safe in 99% of the time.

The following situations might be risky:
  • If you apply to a prelim internal medicine (and an advanced program such as Neurology) and the same time you apply to categorical IM in the same hospital, then you'll be caught.
  • If you apply to similar specialties (that have the same selection committee) for example prelim IM and categorical IM.
Other than those situations, PDs do not generally try to look up which specialties you have applied for.

The NRMP specifically mentions that PDs should not inquire about which specialties/programs candidates have applied for.

The other extremely unlikely event, is that when the applicant get two interviews at the same hospital then in that case there's a slight chance that people might recognize him (as they've seen him walking in the hospital in the first interview) and then they'll know he is applying for more than one program. But this is extremely unlikely.

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Hello. How about Categorical Neurology and Categorical IM in the same hospital? Would the IM department know about that, since Categorical Neuro includes PGY-1 in IM?

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i do not understand what is wrong if you want to enter a certain program, and by wanting that badly, you are even ready to accept either categorical or preliminary
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