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Question Need information about post match scramble

Hi, I'm trying hard to finish all the steps by September 2011 and apply for 2012 match.. However, I won't take any risk to score low and ruin my profile.. So in case I can't do it by September 1st or say by too late to have any chance of IV, I would like to apply for the post match scramble.. I have some questions about that..
Do I have to apply on 1st September for the match to get a chance to apply in scramble?
Is it necessary to apply for the scramble only to the programs I applied for the match? Or I can opt new choices?
Maximum by what time I should be done with all the steps to apply for post match scramble?
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Hi, thanks for throwing this thread, I have exactly the same problem with you and gonna ask the same questions. My step 1 exam will be end of April, hopefully sit for step 2 CS end of May and step 3 on end of August. However...it really depend on my step 1 performance, don't want to rush it and risk my score.
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Info No more Scramble, it will be SOAP

In 2012, there will be significant changes to the Scramble.

It will be called SOAP which stands for Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program.

For details and all the information you need go to this offical NRMP page:
http://www.nrmp.org/soap.pdf
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Hi Sabio,

Thanks for the link.. But I'm still quite confused in getting answers to my questions.. Could you please answer my questions I posted in the previous post replacing the Scramble to SOAP?

To explain you in simple words, if I'm done with only step 1 and step 2 CS by September 1st with CK left which I could finish by February, what should I do to get a chance to get into residency in 2012? (assuming that I do good in the exams)

Its obvious that I'm not going to get IVs if I apply with step 1 and CS in September.. So what should I plan to keep my chances in SOAP.. ( I don't want preliminary programs)..
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Hi Sabio,

Thanks for the link.. But I'm still quite confused in getting answers to my questions.. Could you please answer my questions I posted in the previous post replacing the Scramble to SOAP?

To explain you in simple words, if I'm done with only step 1 and step 2 CS by September 1st with CK left which I could finish by February, what should I do to get a chance to get into residency in 2012? (assuming that I do good in the exams)

Its obvious that I'm not going to get IVs if I apply with step 1 and CS in September.. So what should I plan to keep my chances in SOAP.. ( I don't want preliminary programs)..
The rules says that you need to apply at least one program in the main match and pay the fees then you will be eligible for SOAP.
Also, you have to be NRMP certified (which means ECFMG certified) by the time of SOAP.
I want to remind you that last year, the ratio of Scramble applicants to those who matched was 10:1, so the chances of getting into residency is very scant in the Scramble (to-be called SOAP).
Am not sure what else you want to know. Please more specific in your queries and I'll try to answer them to the best of my knowledge.
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Thanks Sabio.. That pretty much clears my doubts.. That means I should at least participate in the main match though with applying to one program and then can participate in SOAP if I'm done with step 1, CS, CK (ECFMG certified) by the match day..
I've really not gone through much of the residency application stuff so if you can explain me the following points in detail, it would help me understand the process well..
• Unmatched applicant and unfilled program information will be released simultaneously.
• There will be a “time out” period during which unmatched applicants can send applications but programs
cannot make offers.
• Applicants and programs will be required to send and receive applications only through ERAS.
• NRMP-participating programs that fill positions during Match Week must do so only through the SOAP.
• New functionality will be added to the R3 System to allow programs to offer unfilled positions on the basis
of preference lists submitted by the programs.
• Applicants must accept or reject their offer(s) within a specific timeframe; offers not accepted or rejected
will expire.
• The R3 System will establish an electronic “handshake” when an applicant accepts a position.
• Positions will be deleted from the dynamic List of Unfilled Programs once an offer has been accepted.
• A program’s unfilled positions will be offered to applicants in order of preference until all positions are
filled or the preference list has been exhausted; programs will be able to add applicants to the bottom of
their preference lists throughout Match Week.
• The NRMP Match Participation Agreement will be expanded to include Match Week and SOAP, and
sanctions will be imposed for improper behavior.
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• Unmatched applicant and unfilled program information will be released simultaneously.
They will tell you what programs are unfilled and at the same time they'll tell the programs who went unmatched.
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• There will be a “time out” period during which unmatched applicants can send applications but programs cannot make offers.
This is good, because in the past applicants could not cope in time, positions were vanishing before there's time to apply for it even.
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• NRMP-participating programs that fill positions during Match Week must do so only through the SOAP.
Means programs can no longer offer "below the table" to their friends, they have to go through the SOAP. This is also good.
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• New functionality will be added to the R3 System to allow programs to offer unfilled positions on the basis of preference lists submitted by the programs.
Am not sure what does that mean. I think you'll get to see something like that,
Unfilled position in Program X, needs applicant with score 85 and above and graduate of less than 3 years.
Something like that will be seen in your NRMP (SOAP) interface in the computer.
This will help decrease the burden on the programs as they won't see people without the specified criteria.
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• Applicants must accept or reject their offer(s) within a specific timeframe; offers not accepted or rejected will expire.
This is also a good change in the scramble. Because in the past programs might still go unfilled because applicant were late in accepting or rejecting offer, so by the time they change their mind, the scramble 48 hours window is over and the program can no longer offer the position to other people.
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• The R3 System will establish an electronic “handshake” when an applicant accepts a position.
This is just to hold you accountable when you accept an offer, hand shaking means a promise of the gentleman.
You see the problem with Scramble or SOAP is that there will be no time for you to go physically to the residency program location or even no time to send them your physical signature.
That's why they are creating this hand shake stuff, to hold you accountable.
Many applicants in the past, were able to run away from their commitments because there was no legal obligation.
Why they run away? they found better offer in scramble
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• Positions will be deleted from the dynamic List of Unfilled Programs once an offer has been accepted.
That will also increase efficiency and saves time. In the past, applicants in thousands kept applying to the position without knowing that the position is already taken.
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