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Old 09-04-2013
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Hi all,

I have been following the IMG IM thread and have noticed that an issue came up with "Repeat applicants". This has made me very worried. Can someone please help me out?

I applied last year around December. This was obviously too late. I sent in my application to only 50 programs and additional 30 for the SOAP (which was completely useless). But because my application was too late i obviously did not get any interviews. So i am reapplying this year. I did not know about being "flagged" as a repeat applicant. If i did would not have sent in my application.

With this hurt me this season?

My stats are:
YOG: 2011
224/237/CS passed (all on first attempt)/step 3 taken (waiting for results)
4 US LORs (2 observerhips, 1 clinical rotation, 1 research)
8 months USCE (rotations) + 3 months observership
9 months research
1 clinical abstract to be submitted
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Those 80 programs that you applied for last year would know that you are a repeat applicant (if they look for it), other programs wouldn't know.

Now the question is, does it really matter?

I think most programs do not care or even do not look for this fact. Even those who are actively looking for this issue would realize that you applied late last year and that was the reason you were not invited.

So I guess it's not a big problem in your case.

Repeat applicants have less chances than first-time applicants statistically. That's because repeat applicants usually have low scores, no USCE, very old grads, and other red flags ...etc I don't see that you belong to this category.

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Thanks. My heart rate just returned to sinus.
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