Why is the reference document deadline later than the application deadline?

The deadline to apply to programs and submit all your required documents (except reference letters/forms) is November 20, 2019 at 12:00 ET for the 2020 R-1 match.

The reference document deadline is different, it is on November 27, 2019 at 12:00 (noon) ET.

The reason why there are different dates is to give the ability to programs to have access to applications earlier so they can start their review process. However, considering some applicants may still be in a November elective, hoping to obtain a reference, the reference letter deadline is a week later. 

UG and PG deans agreed multiple years ago that this was the best solution to allow programs more time to review, without penalizing applicants. 

How do I know I'm done submitting my applications to programs? 

Can I still assign reference documents after the application deadline in the R-1 match?

 

 

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