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Applying

A successful match to a residency program starts long before you create your rank order list. In fact, applying to residency programs is more involved and strategic than you might think. First, narrow the more than 9,000 programs to a shorter list of programs that are the best fit for you. Then present your best self through your application. Completing both tasks well will help programs foretell the mutually beneficial experience of you as their resident and encourage them to interview you.

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