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Old 03-21-2014
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Hi every one.

I matched to a preliminary position in IM only. I went unmatched for the advanced position I wanted. I have a few questions someone may know the answers to.

Is it possible to interview during a preliminary year?

Are my chances significantly better for the next match?

Am I still eligible to apply to categorical programs for next year?

I would really appreciate someones insight.

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What specialty were you aiming for the categorical in?
From what ive read around, it is possible to interview during your preliminary year (id imagine the program would be expecting you to want/need to interview given that its only a preliminary?), and your chances should indeed be much higher, especially if you perform well and can get good LORs from the year. Beats any other form of USCE imo!
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I applied to anesthesia. I managed to get 2 anesthesia interviews and 1 more on the phone in SOAP.

I don't want to give up on applying to anesthesia again, its my lifelong dream, but i'm also open to applying to categorical medicine (just to be safe?).

I do hope I can secure an LOR between the July start date and the September application date.

Thanks for your insight!
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