Scramble - Preference to already interviewed candidates?

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Scramble - Preference to already interviewed candidates?

This is a common misconception.

If a candidate did not match with a program after having it ranked - this is a clear indication that the program did not rank him. This means the program does not want to see this candidate under any circumstances.

There is one exception though - applicants that were withdrawn from the match because of not satisfying NRMP’s match criteria of having Step 1, 2 CK and 2CS passed. If one had an interview at a program, scored high and passed CS only after February 27, he will stand a great chance assuming the programs he interviewed with have unfilled positions.