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Question Apply wide!!

When people say apply widely, what do they exactly mean? Does it mean to apply to more number of programs?
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Yes, apply to a lot of programs. I think it means about 150 programs now. The object is to get about 6 or 7 interviews which seems to be the recipe for a successful match for the non-US students.

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Yes, apply to a lot of programs. I think it means about 150 programs now. The object is to get about 6 or 7 interviews which seems to be the recipe for a successful match for the non-US students.

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does tht mean if i wnt to apply for obgyn n peads...i shud apply to 150 programs in each or total 150 programs
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Same question! I only want IM! So does that mean apply to 150 IM or apply to other programs like family and pedo!? Thanks
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There's no magic number of programs to apply for.

Some applicants with super strong profiles can apply for 20-30 programs and get 10 interviews and easily match.
Other applicants with very weak profiles may apply for 200-300 programs and do not get any interview!

So you have to kind of guage your competitiveness and interests. Also sometimes there is the financial barrier as these applications are not free, the cost might up to thousands of dollars.

The single most important advice is to apply for more than what you think is enough and leave a safety margin. If you get more interviews than you want then you can always cancel interviews.

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So my question is, since i only want IM, is it wise to apply to family med or peds or even psy or should i just apply to 150 IM programs??Thank u
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How strong is your profile?

If you have the strongest profile ever, apply for 20 programs only. (focus on the specialty you like)
If you have the weakest profile ever, apply for 300 programs total (can be a mixture of several specialties)

Of course these are the two extreme ends, you have to find yourself somewhere in the middle.

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