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Old 07-06-2020
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Default Changes happening in the 2021 Match Season?

Hi everybody,
Covid times bring uncertainty in the ERAS application this season that we all should keep looking at:

1. Definitely the reduction of visa issuing by Trump will affect every program and particularly community hospitals. However these hospitals are dealing with their own financial crisis (due to the lack of outpatient procedures). Whether or not they close spots or the open more is hard to predict as consequence.

2. Program directors have been instructed to avoid in person interviews. Everything will be certainly virtual. My question about this situation, free of the complicated logistics of in-person ivs, is how this change the number of ivs available (they should be more) or the expectation to evaluate candidates during the virtual ivs

3. The fact that there will be ECFMG certified IMGs without CS may favor the evaluation of IMGs who completed everything including the step 3?

4. The fact that the step 1 will be eventually qualitative may be already changing the analysis of candidates on other elements, for example given more weight to the step 3 score and the CK already?

I wonder if someone out there might have also different insights. Hopefully, any of these hypothetical situations, running because of mandatory covid adjustments, are good news for IMGs and better for those ones with low scores, several test attempts, and green-card holders/citizens?
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