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People have said Match a resident is a waste. Has anyone tried this one though? What was your experience with freida residency calculator?
Coming in hot from the law school world, helping my SO make their residency rank list, and I can't believe you all put up with this shit. Half these programs didn't provide any information on salary/benefits beyond what is on FREIDA, and who knows how accurate that is. SO doesn't want to ask because they're worried it'll negatively impact how programs rank them, which from what I've seen isn't actually an unreasonable worry. So I guess they're ranking half these programs not knowing if they get reasonable health insurance or not?
The programs that do provide information on pay/benefits/etc make me want to claw my eyes out with how bad it is. SO's top program hasn't raised their salary scale in 2 years. Not like we've had crazy inflation or anything. 60k in a major metro in 2022 for someone with an MD??? And somehow the fact that as a resident you sometimes get a whole weekend off is something programs feel like bragging about? It's so notable that you have a special name for it? Wtf? That is some dystopian shit.
Truly what the fuck is going on over in med schools/GME? Watching them through whole process has been mind blowing to me, at least when entry level lawyers are working 80 hour weeks they're usually making Biglaw money...and they can, ya know, leave if they hate it...
I have friends with great apps/scores with little to no invitations, friends with below average apps/scores who have many, and friends with average stats on both sides. Its so unpredictable how or why these programs choose certain people. it just looks like theyre pulling random applications out of a hat to interview. Its even more frustrating seeing how well your stats fit the programs you applied to based on these websites (freida/residency exploreetc.) yet crickets...
I really dont want to hear how " its too early". when you check the discord and that damn excel sheet and see how many people received interviews and how people show that interview spots are filling up through dec/jan. I start thinking if theres something wrong with myself or my application and question if im going to actually match (or even get to interview somewhere). my app/scores are considered to be avg according to my school with great leadership/EC's/research/PS. but i do believe im competitive for atleast SOME of the places I applied to (looking at you safety programs)...
Im sorry, I just needed a place to vent and get this all out. its only been 2 weeks and i probably need to get a hobby during this time as we continue waiting
How accurate is ERAS “Reserved for Physician Only” for Diagnostic Radiology applications this cycle? Basically what ERAS and Freida have published on their websites is different.
I am preliminary Internal Medicine Resident applying for Diagnostic Radiology positions for a start date of July 2023 for 4 years of Radiology.
Last cycle according to Main Residency Match 2022 there were 19 Diagnostic Radiology programs offering positions “Reserved for Physician Only”. This cycle according to ERAS there are only 7 Diagnostic Radiology programs offering positions “Reserved for Physician Only”.
As this number has decreased from last year, I am concerned that it is not accurate and I should apply for some Advanced Programs as well. After cross referencing Freida, there are some programs that say they are offering 2023-2024 start dates for 4 years of Diagnostic Radiology.
Does anyone have some experience with this?
From an Ohio D.O. school, Applying Categorical IM
COMLEX-1: 548 COMLEX-2: 447 Step 1: 222 and Didn't take step 2 (mentally exhausted)
Volunteer experience: 8 (4 leadership), Work experiences: 2, Research: 3, Publication: 0, good MSPE with Outstanding rating, 3 very good letters of recommendations, 4 in-state Sub-Internships.
I am concerned that if the programs use an algorithm with hard cut of scores of 550 for level 1 and 450 for level 2, I wouldn't make the cut by 2-3 points.
I have used the information from FREIDA and residency explorer to come up with a list of 50 DO friendly programs where I have my best chances. Should I apply to all 50 or add more programs? is the cut off score listed on FREIDA a hard cut off? I am panicking because I dropped the ball with Level 2 due to some personal reasons and now unsure ofmy chances are of matching.
Really appreciate your time and help! Thanks!
Update: Applied to 45 programs, received 18 interviews.
so i have heard about FREIDA, Residency Explorer, Match a Resident and just the ERAS 2023 list of programs... which one is the best way to start researching programs? I think i am confused a lot because I have a step 1 score and i am like... should I believe steps cut off on their webpages? how are they going to see me vs a candidate just with a pass? should I look more for step2 score when taking a decision where to apply?
Hello. I'm doing my program list for the upcoming match and would like to know more about programs. Not the FREIDA or administrative details per se but the culture of the program, reviews and experiences of the residents. Something like reddit with forums.
I've looked on reddit but many programs don't have any info here. Any ideas?
I know that if you're applying for IM for example, you'll find around 400-500 programs, & you should narrow them down until you finally choose & apply for 100-125 programs that fit you. The problem with radiology is that there isn't as much spots as IM (if you open freida or residency explorer, you'll find that the baseline number of programs which sponser J1 is already 150! Not 400, not 500), so what's considered an adequate number of programs that I should apply to? Is 60-70 adequate? Or should I apply for all 150 (even though more than half of these programs have less than 5% IMG acceptance rate)
I wonder if they should specify on their website if the primary training site (or even secondary sites) are owned by CMG.
Not just EMRAmatch, freida should list this for all specialties.
This story is a modern World of Darkness x Exalted creation of u/avrjoe with co-creation and editing credits by u/KashiofWavecrest and myself (mostly to allow OC tag). Other IPs in lesser use include Boston Legal and VtM: Bloodlines. Next ---***--- MSI Temporary Apartments Fresno, California June 28th, 2009 ---***---
Kai sat in a reclining chair watching his daughter, Summer, play with some toys his wife swore were educational. In his arms he held Bastian, his infant son who had finally drifted into a sound sleep.
"Kai?" Terra's voice called out from a few rooms away.
"I am back here," he replied quietly, standing up slowly so as to not to jostle the infant.
Summer started to crawl in the direction of her mother's voice. Terra entered the room and scooped up the excited girl. She planted a kiss on the little one’s cheek before continuing. "Kai I've discovered something incredible! You have a son!"
Kai gave his wife a bemused glance then slowly and deliberately looked at Bastian. "As I am well aware,” he said in a playfully sarcastic tone.
Terra sighed in exasperation and gave him a withering stare. "Obviously not him, Kai! By the way, how is he now?"
"He was fussy for a bit, but he has finally cried himself out. He is rather stubborn. I fear he will give Valentina a great challenge.”
"Which is why it is good for new mothers to get some sleep and a brief break. Bend down, I can't see him from here. You might as well have him on a mountain top," Terra groused playfully.
"I will trade you. Give me Summer and you can look Bastian over."
"Summer Rain,” Terra gently corrected. “She's the relief that makes the heat of the season bearable."
Kai glanced up at the ceiling and rolled his eyes so his wife could not see. "If you say so. I still say it is unwieldy and long."
"A distinctive name for a very special and distinctive girl," Terra countered.
"Hmm,” Kai grunted as if considering her argument.
Terra made a quick examination of the sleeping infant boy and then nodded "Nothing appears to be wrong. I think you’re right and he was just being grumpy. I’ll go put him down and then I’ll tell you more."
"Good luck with that. Come, Summer Rain
, let us go to the kitchen. We will find you something to eat," Kai said, playfully stressing the last part of his daughter’s name.
When Terra finished her chore she found her large and stoic husband making funny noises while feeding their daughter.
"So, as I was saying, you have a son. One you fathered before your powers manifested."
"How did you discover this? It does not seem likely. Before you, I had partners but it was satisfying a physical need or rarely a competitive challenge. I cannot bring to mind an occasion that I did not use protection," Kai said, never looking at Terra as he gave Summer Rain another helping of soft baby food.
"Do you remember a woman named Mia Windheim?"
"That would be..." Kai stopped scooping the last bit of food from the jar and seemed to ponder his words. "Yes that could be. I neither initiated nor was in control of that situation?"
"She took advantage of you?"
"No, I was willing, but normally I either initiated or was asked if I desired sex. She was aggressive and I was not used to being pursued in such a way. She is also a werewolf. She was the only woman I have been physically wary of during sex."
Terra raised an eyebrow. “It doesn’t sound pleasant.”
“The aftermath was not. While she was physically desirable and professionally apt, our personalities and styles clashed. Even purely physical relationships need more cohesion than that.”
“I can imagine.”
“I was in my early twenties and relatively inexperienced in the matter. It was a novel experience, but not one I chose to repeat. Some people enjoy an element of danger in their passions. It can certainly enhance enjoyment of combat. I learned it was only distracting in the bedroom. I liked women who were confident and powerful on their own. I did not like those who were domineering and forceful.”
“So it was an amiable one-night stand?”
“No. She wished our relationship to continue and I did not. She did not care and tried to assert herself. After a few weeks, I told her I was leaving. She claimed she would physically restrain me and force me to stay. I called her bluff. She was taken aback that I refused her, perhaps even insulted. Frankly her attitude...” Kai looked up searching for the proper word to put to his feelings.
“Yes stank, that is a good term. I would go so far as to say it was shitty.”
“You realize she likely only used you for breeding stock? With your family history and the fact she took no precautions, it looks like she intended you to stay and be her breeding stud.”
“I wondered briefly why she would seek to keep me around and I have to admit my young ego came to a different conclusion. Looking back now with more wisdom, I believe you are correct in your assumption. It would explain the motivation behind the original encounter as well.“
“She never let you know you had a child together?”
“You are spoiled by your experiences in the United States with my cousin Alex and with the Glasswalkers. Unfortunately, this is what most werewolves are like in Europe as well as large subsets in this nation. They do not concern themselves with the opinions of humanity. They believe they are superior to us.”
“Superior to humanity you mean.”
“We have powers and are a subset of humanity but we do not hold ourselves apart as they do.”
“Well, they seem to hold the Manifested in higher regard than the general populace. They appear to be willing to deal with us where before they didn’t.”
“How nice,” Kai said dryly.
“Kai, do you want a relationship with this boy?” Terra asked hesitantly.
“He would be eight or nine years old now?”
“Around that age, yes.”
“Then it is unknown if he will be a Garou yet.”
“Then they would not yet treat him as a member of their pack and he may be young enough to reach out to," Kai pondered.
"Don't you own a house in Innsbruck?"
"It is in Tyrol. I would not say it is in Innsbruck. Adjacent would be a better term."
“They didn’t want to come here, and I don’t want to be seen as coming to them. What if we meet them there? It’s still our ground but not our place of strength.”
“That might be an acceptable compromise,” Kai said. He wiped his daughter’s face and smiled. Then he quickly turned and looked at Terra. “Wait, you said ‘us’? You do not like being far from Summer Rain. Going to Europe is no small trip and with the people and matters involved it would not be wise to bring her.”
Terra smiled and moved toward her husband kissing his hand. “It will be alright. I think Valentina and the others could handle watching her for a few days. I don't want you to face this alone.”
“That- well, thank you.” Kai leaned forward to kiss his wife and then began to remove the little one from her chair.
“Leave the travel plans to me. I’ve already been emailing them. Now, I think, we’ll leave them to wonder what your reaction will be. They want to play games and score points on each other. I’ll play their games.” Terra said fiercely. ---***--- Lufthansa Flight 453, LAX to MUC Canadian Air Space July 9th, 2009 ---***---
Terra and Kai had learned the challenges of long flights for those of abnormal proportions during their many trips to Washington D.C. during the trials. With roughly twelve hours of flight time and the ability to pay the extra cost, flying first class was an easy decision to make. While Terra was not pregnant this time, it was still beyond their abilities to shrink Kai. Terra had hoped the extra room would help their stress levels and not leave them a jet-lagged wreck once the long journey to Europe was complete. From what little she had gleaned over email, they would need all their mental fortitude to deal with the Windheims.
"So this place we're going to is a hunting lodge?" Terra asked, breaking a period of silence.
"Not exactly. It was for entertaining guests and those the family sought to impress. The Silbern numbers were already in decline before the Great War. After that, so many had died in the fighting that keeping the property to impress and treat others from whom we sought favors seemed pointless. With our numbers so low and the Adelsaufhebungsgesetz
much of our influence had evaporated.”
“Oh. The Adelsaufhebungsgesetz?
It is the law that abolished noble titles in Austria.”
Terra nodded for him to continue.
"My Great Uncle, Uncle Otto, was the brother of my grandfather and bought the place out from the common family holdings. He loved hunting and the house was close to good hunting land. While the place was too large he did not wish to see it sold. He took up residence there after the following war of biogoted foolishness.
“I will have to tell you more about Otto when we get there. He was, as they say, a character," Kai explained with a hint of nostalgia.
"Too involved a story for the plane? We do have hours of a flight to kill and a two hour drive afterward."
"Involved? Yes, very. Also in need of good props which are all at his house. Without them, you would hardly believe portions of the tales,” Kai said with a smile.
"Well, we'll have more than props to confirm family stories," Terra said with a mischievous twinkle in her eye.
"What do you mean?"
"I thought we could use some backup and you could use a surprise so I called some living relatives. We'll have company shortly after we get there."
Terra watched confusion cross her husband's face. It quickly fled in the wake of something else. His eyes dilated, his face paled beyond its natural light hue and his nostrils flared with breathing that was one step away from a pant. Terra couldn’t believe it, but it looked like Kai started to panic.
"Are you alright?" Terra asked, suddenly concerned.
"Who have you invited? My mother or grandmother?"
"Both. Why? You never said much about them, is there a problem?"
"Problem? You invited them both! Are you mad, woman? We have to turn back. We are not yet halfway there, the plane could return to the States."
"Kai, calm down. It can't be that bad."
"Terra, I love you, but you should have asked before you did this. Oma Astrid and my mother Inga do not get along. They give life to the worst myths about in-laws. One of them would be a trial but together – together they are a recipe for disaster!
"Perhaps I can break into the cockpit and force a turn? No, it would require too much destruction and incur federal charges. Damn it all!” Kai said, his eyes racing about the compartment looking for inspiration. Perhaps we can fake a medical emergency,” Kai said looking intently as his doctor-wife.
"Calm down, we faced an international manhunt. I can handle some bickering."
"Bickering? No, my wife, you will see far worse than that. The last time my mother and grandmother were in the same room was at my father’s funeral. They ended up in a fistfight that spilled over into a fountain, like something out of -" Kai paused.
Terra stared at Kai "Out of?"
! One of those tacky soap operas about rich Americans from the 1980s."
"Yes! Like that! Oma made an allusion to her boy, my father, dying of malnutrition."
"When my parents married, my grandmother hated the idea of my father marrying a woman who did not speak German as a first language. At the wedding, she drank heavily. After a few drinks, she loudly announced to the wedding guests that at least he did not marry a Slav!"
"Now what, my beautiful but very Eastern wife, is this woman going to say to you? This cast-iron unbending harpy is going to say something mean-spirited. How long will it be before you are forced to throttle the life from her?"
"It won't come to that!"
"And Mother, she was raised in Sweden but has Germanic roots. Her grandparents were der Wandervogel
, what you would call hippies. She will assume you will back her on all her poorly researched pseudo eastern philosophy and new age practices. She will annoy you to the point you will wish to throttle yourself!"
"I'm not so weak."
"You are easily my equal. Yet even I fear my reserves would collapse and I would be left a broken wreck. We should take a new flight home once in Munich. This trip is now very ill-advised."
"There is a difference, Kai. You love them and grew up with them. They are inside your guard. I have layers of defense you lack. This might have been Ill-timed but I will bring these women to heel. They will cease to be a destructive force or they will not remain a force in our lives at all."
Kai let out a tremendous sigh and motioned for the flight attendant. With his size, it would be quite impossible to get drunk. With a long flight to go, he would at least take some chemical aid in achieving what relaxation he could manage.
The rest of the flight went well. They landed safely in Munich and were quickly able to rent a vehicle to get to Innsbruck. Both chose not to bring up Kai’s family for the rest of their time traveling. Terra began to seriously debate her ability to handle the two women she had called upon for help as Kai’s panic had only subsided to anxiety.
The near twelve-hour flight into Munich and two-hour drive into Innsbruck had managed to move time forward over twenty-one hours, relatively speaking, and they arrived in mid-afternoon of the day following their departure granting them some time before the sun would set behind the mountains. Kai had stayed on edge the entire time, even with the help of pharmaceuticals, but once he exited the rental vehicle, his mood improved drastically. As soon as they exited the vehicle to stand outside their hotel, Terra saw a change come over him and her worries lifted. Looking into the not-so-distant mountains and inhaling deeply, Kai smiled and his whole body relaxed; he had the look of someone who had come home.
They had prepared for the time shift to the best of their ability and after checking into the hotel and grabbing some local food, the sun set, and the stars came out as the beleaguered travelers fell into bed. Terra’s last thought before drifting off was her hope that the stress of the trip would melt from them both with a good night’s sleep. ---***--- Silbern House Seefeld, Austria July 10th, 2009 ---***---
The next morning they arose early and ate breakfast at the hotel. They got into their rented vehicle to travel on to Uncle Otto’s house. Unfortunately, it was designed for narrow European roads and Kai barely fit inside. It gave Terra the unfortunate, yet comical, mental image of a clown getting into and out of its undersized car. Having never seen the Austrian countryside, she took in the sights of the picturesque and breathtaking scenery of mountains and valleys as Kai drove her around showing her the land of his youth. Completing the tour, they ate lunch and finally pulled up to the Silbern House around noon.
The house had a very old-fashioned style. It was obvious whoever maintained the property when Kai was away was very attentive to their work. The married couple unloaded their bags and made their way inside.
Inside, facing the main entryway, was a picture of an older man with short platinum blonde hair mixed with gray. His face was mostly shaven, save for a gloriously full mustache. He had an imposing build matched by a confident pose that bordered on arrogance. His outfit was subdued in the color and style of a classic Austrian hunting outfit; he had no obvious weapons and his arms were folded before him.
"This must be the infamous Uncle Otto?"
"Yes, that is him. The elder brother of my grandfather," Kai said as he set their luggage to the side. "He was significantly older than my grandfather. He fought in the Erster Weltkrieg
, the Great War. He was well known for his achievements but retired after it was over to spend time with his wife and son."
Kai pointed to a picture in another room, a den-like area. In it was the same man in more formal attire. He was flanked by an adorable sweet-looking woman and a younger man who was equally as tall as his father but more thickly muscled.
"That was Otto Junior. He never had the Silbern martial spirit; he was a devotee of physical fitness. In this day and age, he would have been one of those on the internet bragging about their ‘gains.’"
"I can see that."
"When the Unification was forced through, there were many people who the Nazis leaned on to join the military. Some, like my grandfather, chose to join so they could push their service into a field more suited to their tastes. Some like Otto declared themselves retired."
"I take it the Nazis didn't give up?"
"Early in events, our family’s relationship with the Nazis was complex. They were a political party. They had the support of the commons but the old aristocrats spurned them.
“The Silbern family was old and well connected. We were descended from petty nobles and noteworthy soldiers which could open doors for their party. It would also allow the Silberns to oppose the way they pursued their ideology. We did have similar goals after all. My family was pro-Germanic unity, pro-military, and anti-treaty of Versailles. If they stuck to a careful topic list we could have agreeable conversations. Having fallen from prominence, the attention my family gained was no doubt heady."
"You sound like you were there."
"My blood was there even if my flesh was not," Kai said with a wistful look.
Terra rolled her eyes but remained silent.
"We might have been fooled into thinking we could work with them and mitigate their darker agenda if not for two things. First, we knew other families that quietly kept the old Faith as we did. The pagans amongst the Nazis were some of the darkest and most vile of their lot. Their practices strayed into the deepest of black magic and the veneration of demonic beings"
Tera nodded. She had been surprised to learn of Kai's unusual if not originally strong spiritual beliefs which only seemed strengthened since their trials. The acceptance of his beliefs by the supernatural community in New Orleans helped as well.
"The second was the day Nazi agents raided the gymnasium and arrested a few friends of the younger Otto."
"Why did they do that?"
"Rumors had reached them that some of the men there were homosexuals. The Nazi's fondness for muscled males in their iconography aside, they sought to eliminate such sentiments and practices."
"Was Otto Jr. a homosexual?"
"It is hard to know. You must remember that those were different times and I do not mean in the way most do. I do not refer to people being less accepting. They were times when people did not share their lives so casually. Much more room was given for privacy. Whether or not one person or another was a virgin, impotent, suffering from some medical problems – these were not things discussed with any but the most intimate of friends or closest of family. If he was, none would have known but those for which he had the most affection. Perhaps his mother and father knew, but, if so, they did not feel the need to share this private trust.
“However true or false it might have been, when they came for his fellow athletes Otto Jr fought. Whether it was the protectiveness of a lover or the fury of a Silbern who found his warrior heart when faced with a great wrong he made a good showing of himself. As often happens it was both his finest and final hour."
Terra eyed the arrogant-faced boy in the portrait with new respect as Kai continued.
"Otto and Freida heard the news of the raid but did not know he was killed. Otto sped off to work a deal with officials who had been eager to recruit him.
"Freida stayed and worked on a plan to call in favors and arrange her son's passage out of the country. As she worked, the thugs the Nazis called policemen arrived. They thought to scare her into admitting some crime. They wanted a way to justify why they had alienated a family their superiors sought as an ally.
"As you know, my wife, we Silbern's do not choose weak partners. When they let slip that her son was dead she managed to hide a letter opener in the folds of her dress. She somehow tricked them into distraction. This is not the house they shared but I am told the floors of that house had to be replaced due to the blood staining the tiles and wood."
"Well, I think I like Uncle Otto's taste in women at the very least, " Terra smiled.
"She killed three of the four before she fell. The last was injured. Otto found him collapsed and crawling near the foyer. Unable to stand, he could not open the door.
"Otto revived him and then loosened his tongue via pain. The men Otto had reached out to had not known his son was dead. When he learned this, he finished off the man and retrieved items from the house as well as his beloved wife's body.
“After carefully laying out the body of his wife in their bed he ambushed his would-be recruiters. To his surprise, they had brought his son's body as a peace offering. For this favor, they were given a mercifully swift death. He then hunted the superior officers who ordered the raid. For those, he made their deaths a monument to torment and cruelty.”
"Then he took to the hills like a wild man?" Terra guessed.
Kai looked at her and smiled. "You have learned much of the ways of my family. Indeed he was not ready to stop. He was a hunter and now he had a prey he truly wished to hunt and no reason holding him from doing so.
"He was spared being labeled a monster by the grace of being selective in his vengeance. Those who went through the motions, the people who complied with Nazi demands out of fear or meekness he passed over. Those who supported their order he tracked, studied, and in the end, destroyed.
"He ranged across Europe to stay ahead of those they put to hound him. Here and there he aided or was given aid by the varied resistance movements. When the war was over he made a name as a bounty hunter. Until his prey was driven to extinction he knew no rest."
"I can see he had an effect on you. How old were you when he died? Was it after your father’s death?" Terra asked.
"No, I last saw Otto many years ago.” Kai motioned to several frames on a wall, pointing out each one. “Over here are pictures of my grandparents. Then there is Aurick, my father. Here are his two brothers Joachim and Konrad. This is his sister, Helena.
"Joachim, I am told, was quite the ideolog and was murdered before I was born assisting the resistance to Soviet communism in East Germany. Fortunately, Grandfather was not alive to hear the news. Konrad perished in a car crash in ‘80 when I was five years old. I have only vague memories. Late in ‘82 Aunt Helena and her fiancé, Juho, a Finn who we think was a werewolf, vanished in Estonia. A few months later Uncle Otto left to look for them. Some friends of his had turned up some clues he wished to personally pursue. He left word he was crossing the Russian border and we never heard from him again. I was eight years old. Father was still around but-” Kai looked away.
Terra put her hand on her husband’s back. He was too tall for her to reach his shoulder.” I suppose your father and Otto are waiting for you in Valhalla then.”
“Kind of you to say, but I do not believe Uncle Otto is in Odin’s hall quite yet. He has vanished, yes, but there is no proof he is dead.”
“Kai?! He’d be a hundred and ten years old!”
“He would not even be in the top ten oldest men in the world.”
“Who are all in care facilities I’m sure. You honestly think a century-old man has been stalking around the bushes for twenty years? There isn’t anyone who could pull that off.”
“Uncle Otto was not just anyone! He is out there and in our darkest hour it is my belief he will return to us,” Kai stated with surety.
Terra rolled her eyes again. She was about to say more but a knock came from the door.
Kai looked outside and, seeing who it was, he admonished Terra. “It is Oma. Do your best not to kill her! Remember, in the end, she is an old woman and is not long for this world and whatever judgment the universe would pronounce on her.”
“What? Kai!” Terra started to respond but cut off as the door swung open. continued
In the past, programs have interviewed an average of 100-ish applicants/season according to Residency Explorer and Freida. Does anyone know if that number has gone up significantly? I know applicants this season have done a lot more interviews.