As yet another residency recruitment season begins, we would like to propose an end to an unnecessary and stress-inducing convention: the post-interview “thank you” note.

Our medical students tell us that our Anesthesiology residency program is unique because we explicitly state in our pre-interview Program overview that we do not want “thank you” notes. This is conveyed directly by the Program Director. We believe that “thank you” notes are a detriment to the program, the applicant and the spirit of the match.

Medical students, more than ever, are stressed about residency application. We have seen first year students are already making plans for their Anesthesiology residency, and scheduling appointments with specialty advisors and program directors. As ever more U.S. allopathic and osteopathic medical schools train increasing numbers of graduates, coupled with the transition to a single graduate training accreditation...

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