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What to do if waitlisted program offers a date-conflicting interview?
Sun, 2010-10-24 15:43
Anybody have any ideas on what we applicants should do when a program that we have been waitlisted on (officially or unofficially by missing the first and second waves of interviews) offers us an interview on a date that is conflicting with another program?
I guess this becomes more of an issue when the original program that you have an interview with is viewed, in the applicant's eyes, as inferior (for whatever reason) compared to the waitlisted one. Obviously, if the waitlisted program is upper tier, close to home, and would be a great fit for you as compared other one that is across the country and not so great, you should cancel the original interview. However, how about programs that are fairly equal in comparison?
I am only asking because previous posts and opinions of others going through the match have suggested that when you interview for a program you were on a waitlist for, you are just acting a "warm body" to fill the interview spot...that the program has pretty much made up their mind of the top applicants they are going to rank before you even arrive.
Does anyone have conflicting or supporting evidence for this thought? Is it a mistake to cancel an interview from a program that didn't pass on you the first time for a slightly superior program that only granted you an interview after someone else cancelled? Perhaps some residents could let us know whether they did or did not match at programs that they were waitlisted for and what the interview felt like for the waitlisted programs?
Also, I don't mind, but there is no way to create a post anonymously (unless I don't see the button anywhere).