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Post Match Scramble
What is the scramble process?
Most of the post match positions get filled by 3PM the post match day!
The game plan:
1. Have the following equipment available: two or better three phone lines, cell phones will do; fax machine; computer with high speed internet connection; a couple of friends who will help you to call the programs; frozen lunches or a friend ready to bring some from the nearest McDonalds
2. Get the unmatched programs list
3. Call, e-mail and Fax your application as fast as you can, so you are ahead of others
How does it really work:
1. Monday from about 9AM CST every future resident in the country is trying to log on to the NRMP. Needless to add – most of them unsuccessfully. The closer it gets to 11AM, the less chances one has to get there. The NRMP web site just cannot handle the load. That’s where having a fast internet connection, more than one computer and a couple of friends trying to log on, pays off big time.
2. After logging on you still are three clicks away from downloading a list of unmatched programs. Each click you will have to repeat from 10 to 100 times because everybody else is doing that. What you will see is a “Site is unavailable” page after some timeout. My advice – do not give up and start over, use browser “Refresh” to get thru.
3. After getting the list you have to filter out the information you need: speciality and geographic location. Now you need to compile a list of phone numbers, e-mails and faxes of the programs you want to apply to.
4. You log on to ERAS and apply to up to 30 programs you are interested the most.
5. One of your helpers faxes your application to ALL programs in ALL specialties you consider. I recommend using some fax service like jblast.jfax.com/ . You can pre-load your documents in advance. The most important thing – they have lots of phone lines and fax machine trying to deliver your faxes simultaneously. Their service is $.06 per page and it’s worth it!
6. Another helper of yours e-mails your application to the same places.
7. You and all other available people call the programs.
8. You get a spot if everything went OK!
When I tried to time all the things that had to be done in the first couple of hours, I realized that there is no way a human being can do that.
It isn’t a big deal to do that manually, but again time is of essence! Try to estimate how much time do you need just to send 30 faxes 10 pages each. Take into account busy signals because everybody else is trying to do the same and you will end up with about 3 hours.