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Program Directors Direct question from PD!

"Tell me about the hospitals you have interviewed at and the name of the program director's name?"

Do we tell them the where we interviewed?????
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Were you asked that question?

I think it's unethical for them to ask something like this
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Default It's illegal

Not only it's unethical but also it's illegal. The NRMP rules and regulations specifically mentioned that programs MUST NOT ask the applicant about where he/she interviewed or what other specialties interested in.

In fact, I know a program that was put under probation because one of the applicants complained about them with NRMP and they were put under probation.

So if a PD ask you this question. Tell him "I cannot answer this question because it's against the regulations" then if you match with other program later go ahead and complain about them so that that PD learns the lessen forever.

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Not only it's unethical but also it's illegal. The NRMP rules and regulations specifically mentioned that programs MUST NOT ask the applicant about where he/she interviewed or what other specialties interested in.

In fact, I know a program that was put under probation because one of the applicants complained about them with NRMP and they were put under probation.

So if a PD ask you this question. Tell him "I cannot answer this question because it's against the regulations" then if you match with other program later go ahead and complain about them so that that PD learns the lessen forever.

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Very good advice. Just one question. Is it okay if I complain to the NRMP right after the interview? Or should I do it only after the match?
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Very good advice. Just one question. Is it okay if I complain to the NRMP right after the interview? Or should I do it only after the match?
You can complain right away after the interview. But what if that's the only interview you have? what if there is a chance that program likely to rank you and match you? It does not make sense that you ruin your chances in that case.
But if you are sure that you are not going to rank that program and they are off your match equation then yes go ahead and complain.
Mind you that complaining with the NRMP is not an easy journey, it has legal proceedings and you might be called into arbitration court to validate your complaint.

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it was the first question the PD asked me and I was shocked. I had to answer it and the PD knew the other PD very well at the other hospital where I interviewed. So I had some diff things on my mind to answer as this was a community program and the other one was a very high profile university program with multiple specialties. So I dnt know if they ended up talking about me or what , my ivs went fine but none of these hospitals ranked me last year.

So what should we say if the pd asks us this question, i mean if we say its against the rules, the pd might get offended and not rank us at all!
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So what should we say if the pd asks us this question, i mean if we say its against the rules, the pd might get offended and not rank us at all!
You can say politely, I cannot answer this question.
Again. If you are in a difficult situation where you have few IVs and you can't risk the situation then you can just answer him and swallow it and don't make any problems.
But if you have 5 or more IVs then I recommend telling him NO and let him get pissed off (by the way he might not get pissed off, he might get impressed with your personality, self-confidence, and punctuation).
The issue here is that some programs have got used into abusing IMG applicants, they see them as (beggars not choosers) and this is not good. We should stand up and stop these immoral PDs.

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While we are on the issue of illegal stuff going on, what about programs that send a mail within 5 hrs of applying, stating that all their positions are reserved but are still showing both prelim and cat tracks active on ERAS?

Any admin could enlighten us on that?
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