How to Interpret and Apply This Data

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Use these findings as a starting point for considering the number of programs you will ultimately apply to, with the knowledge that there is no magic number for applicants. 

Consider the entrance rates and the point of diminishing returns in the context of your overall residency candidacy and application. Evaluate a wide variety of information — such as your unique experiences, qualifications, and residency application strategy — as you work with your advisor to determine how many programs and which programs to apply to. 

Remember, in addition to considering entrance rates and the point of diminishing returns in light of your complete application, to best position yourself, you should: 

  1. Understand the wide range of specialty and practice options available. 
  2. Gauge your competitiveness and candidacy. 
  3. Discover which specialty or specialties are right for you. 
  4. Research residency programs in your preferred specialty or specialties. 
  5. Determine how many residency programs to apply to. 
  6. Decide which residency programs to apply to. 
  7. Create an effective residency application. 
  8. Prepare for interviews. 

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