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I just checked the NRMP website and found this piece of information, when I opened the following file (Results and Data: 2012 Main Residency Match (PDF, 112 pages) and checked this section: Percent of Matches by Choice and Type of Applicant. It clearly indicates that almost 50% of matched independent applicants match to their first rank.
While for all applicants either matched or unmatched it says 25.2% matched to their first rank. So i guess people with single interview and ranked they have 50 % chance to match. is this a genuine conclusion.
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yes, that is a genuine figure. unfortunately, it is also not so. am not trying to bust anyone, just gonna say my opinion.

here is a line i copied from the PDF: "Independent Applicants: All applicant categories excluding U.S. allopathic seniors." Now it doesn't stratify IMGs, it just sums us altogether. But in reality, IMGs have their own kinda different figure when it comes to matching. Caribb IMGs> US & europe IMGs> all other IMGs(asia, mid east, etc). This is just a rough generalization though, not true for all cases.

but tell you what, anyone can break thru the statistics. even if there's only a small chance, it means there is still hope. so even though you only have one, it may be the only one you need to match.

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yes, that is a genuine figure. unfortunately, it is also not so. am not trying to bust anyone, just gonna say my opinion.

here is a line i copied from the PDF: "Independent Applicants: All applicant categories excluding U.S. allopathic seniors." Now it doesn't stratify IMGs, it just sums us altogether. But in reality, IMGs have their own kinda different figure when it comes to matching. Caribb IMGs> US & europe IMGs> all other IMGs(asia, mid east, etc). This is just a rough generalization though, not true for all cases.

but tell you what, anyone can break thru the statistics. even if there's only a small chance, it means there is still hope. so even though you only have one, it may be the only one you need to match.

Good luck, pray & have faith.
When you say Caribb IMG, do you also include those that do not do their rotations in US? I mean, no USCE even though a Caribb grad.
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When you say Caribb IMG, do you also include those that do not do their rotations in US? I mean, no USCE even though a Caribb grad.

No, people with USCE.

but is more like 56% with just 1 IV.
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50% of people who matched got their 1st preference. Not 50% of all who applied!!
It really depends on why you have only one IV. If its by default, and your profile is actually good, then you can match.
There is some reason as to why they have called you for an IV. If you satisfied them, they'd rank you such that you can match.
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Still, 50% seems high, very high.

I didn't know that 50% of those independent applicants that matched did so at their number one choice. It's huge IMO.
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But the report results clearly indicates IF you match ( matched applicants)
49.3% matches to their 1st rank. while 20.5% matches to their second rank. So your chances goes down more than a half (49.3% compared to 20.5%) if you don't match to your first rank
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But the report results clearly indicates IF you match ( matched applicants)
49.3% matches to their 1st rank. while 20.5% matches to their second rank. So your chances goes down more than a half (49.3% compared to 20.5%) if you don't match to your first rank
i see. that's nice to know we have a chance of 50% of getting our 1st choice if we get matched. but then after it, it is like a roulette, game of chance where would we end up.
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But the report results clearly indicates IF you match ( matched applicants)
49.3% matches to their 1st rank. while 20.5% matches to their second rank. So your chances goes down more than a half (49.3% compared to 20.5%) if you don't match to your first rank
I don't think that's how it is meant to be interpreted. Let's use n = 100 for this one. You're chances really don't go down to half since 49% (49) of the people who matched already matched into their #1. So out of the 51 who didn't match into their first choice, 21 of them will match into their #2. Which comes out to about 41% chance of matching into your #2 if you didn't match into your #1 (assuming you matched at all). Or so, that's how I see it .
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