The Scramble Service
Year 2005 scramble was the most competitive ever. The main reason is a delay
in delivering USMLE Step 2 CS results. Most of the programs require ECFMG
certification prior to considering an applicant. Step 2 delays made a lot
of IMGs ineligible for those programs.
Our applicants did extremelly well, actually outperforming our
We have spent a lot of time analyzing the results and determining statistical
correlations, therefore improving our process and future candidates' chances.
When we tried to time all the things that had to be done in the first
post match scramble hours, we realized that there was no way a human
being could do that. We wrote a state of the art software system that automates
everything but you call the programs.
It isn't a big deal to do that manually, but time is of essence! Try to
estimate how much time you need just to send 30 e-mails or faxes. Take into
account busy signals because everybody else is trying to do the same and you
will end up with about 3 hours.
Stage 1. We will create a web site (see a sample at
http://www.imgresidency.com/sample/) for your application and
e-mail your cover letter to ALL the programs in the specialties you want to get
to. We will do it about one week before the match. This step should pay
off in the post match scramble or even after the match. Program
Directors will keep your application in file until about September 2008. Quite
often programs have openings before July 1st because some residents cannot get
their visa, family matters, etc. This application will get you the necessary
exposure. Even in the worst-case scenario, this information will help you
getting interview for the 2008 Match. In our opinion this step is even more
important than sending your application on a scramble day.
Stage 2. We will create (or re-use) your application web site as in
Stage 1. Your application will get delivered to ALL unmatched programs during
the first hour after the results are published.
We recommend combining stages 1 and 2 and offer a significant
discount. Stage 1 and 2 together create a very strong strategy .
First, most PDs that anticipate any unfilled positions will keep your
application from Stage 1 and most likely will contact you right after the
post-match scramble starts. Second round of e-mails to the programs with
unfilled positions will get some more PDs to revisit your application.
||E-mails before the match (Stage 1)
||E-mails and faxes on the Scramble (Stage 2). 50% refundable*
||E-mails before the match and e-mails and faxes on the Scramble (Stage 1 and 2
combined). 30% refundable**
|Each additional specialty
* 50% refundable if you get matched in the main match and there is no need for
**30% refund for combined Step 1 and 2 application if you match in the main
***80% discount for the 2008 Match services
- just $200 per specialty
We guarantee delivery of your application to as many unmatched programs
as you need within the first 60 minutes after the list is published. As a
matter of fact last year we were done by 12:15 on March 16th.
With pre-pay option we can guarantee that we have enough resources to
scan and prepare all your documents. If you matched, we will refund you 50% of
your payment just to cover the cost of making your application ready.
If you want to pay only after the main match is over (March 13th 2006), there
is a chance that we will not have resources available to handle your
application. We will keep our web site updated during the postmatch, so you
know if we are still accepting applications.
How to start
Please e-mail, fax or mail the following documents to the addresses
provided at the Contact Us page:
ERAS® Common Application Form (CAF)
- Personal statements, one for each
- Cover letters, one for each specialty
- Dean's letter
LORs or LOR writers names and contact information
- Medical school
USMLE Step 1, Step 2 and Step 3 if available score reports
certificate (if available)
- Your picture
Phone: (210) 787-4555
Fax: (815) 550-2224
We have been on the market for 5 years and since the day one our system worked
as a delivery media for your and only your application. All e-mails and faxes
are sent individually from you to appropriate persons, which are greeted with
their titles by their first and last names. In other words your application
will be no different from the ones that come from the applicants composing
e-mails one by one.
Our software engineers work hard to make sure your application gets where it
belongs - in the Program Directors mailbox, not in a junk mail bucket on the
program mail server. We employ sophisticated technology to make sure your
application does not look like Spam.
We are the best on the scramble services market not only because of
technological advantages. You are getting service from people who have gone
through the scramble and learned how to do it in a hard way, not those who were
trained to do a specific thing and perform it to a high enough standard. You
are receiving help from the people that have spent numerous years on this
subject and therefore can relate with your needs.
We will strive to be your best choice since we know that we can produce the
best results. If you find a service with a smaller price, we will directly work
with you to either beat the price and/or the quality of service. Also, we
understand that most of our customers do not have the financial support for the
service and even here we will assist you. A more reasonable price will be
considered when we remove some features. This will not, however, mean that the
effectiveness will become worse.
The Scramble Unfilled Programs
ECFMG ERAS Scramble
online program search
FREIDA statistics by specialty
IMG Guide to the Match
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