When will I hear from programs?
Today I am going to do a short topic about hearing back from programs. There is a lot of discussion as to when the programs send acceptance or rejection letters to applicants. I am going to present data that pertains to me but should give the other applicants a general idea as to when they will hear from programs. As you can see in figure the x-axis denotes the months while the y-axis denotes the number of programs.
Fig 1. Frequency of 'negative' correspondence from programs
Since I applied to 120 programs I have set the scale to that. The graph only indicates the number of programs that I received rejections (negative correspondence) from. In september and october I heard back from 3 and 4 programs respectively, while according to ERAS this is the busiest time of the year for american medical graduates who have applied. seems like the trend is delayed by a month or so for IMGs. In november, I received rejection emails from 20 programs and then the number dwindled from eight in december to six and one in january and february respectively. I was surprised to hear from a program (Univ. of Iowa) as late as february but heard from them nonetheless.
Since November was the month that I heard from most programs, the interview invitation correspondingly were also the most in this month (data not shown).
Total correspondence rate
The total number of programs that I heard from was 42 (rejections) plus 12 (invitations) was 54 which was a 45%. The rest of the programs did not bother to reply to my queries or send me an intimation either way. Hopefully this information will provide applicants and idea of when to expect a word from programs. This may be different for other applicants as it may be a case based finding but nonetheless can be a guideline.
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