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So why wasting money? Even if you don't care about the money, it's still not a good idea because residency programs do not like repeated (second year) match applicants, in case you failed in getting a match.
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I want to confirm this....you said (see quote above)....if program directors check that it is your second time application to ERAS......I haven't heard about this yet...while filling ERAS is there any option or any where it is written that program director can see that the applicant applied last year also?.....
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HI I want to confirm this....as you said....if program directors check out that is your second time application to ERAS......i haven't heard about this yet...while filling eras is there any option or any where it is written that program director can see that the applicant applied last year also????.....
There's no option in ERAS that ask about that, but residency programs can have their own database and see if you have applied to them last year.
In the program where I am currently resident, they have access to this information. Also, am quite sure about at least three other programs that do check if the applicant is a repeat applicant. But I am not sure about other programs.
The residency programs that do check for repeat applicants, usually do not prefer repeat applicants, though I have to say that it's not a huge filter. Other factors are more important, such as USMLE scores, LoRs, years since graduation, ..etc
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Warning! It's an important factor

I was just talking to a chief resident of a pediatric residency program in Pennsylvania.
He told me exactly that.
He said that his program filter out applicant who are applying for the second time.

It seems to be an important factor.

If you ask anybody who have been applying year after year, you'll see that they always get less and less interviews with each repeat application.
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