To Fax or Not to Fax

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To Fax or Not to Fax

Subject: Scramble – To Fax or Not to Fax

During the Scramble any means of getting your information to the programs is helpful. If you could do everything at once, you should do it. However, you should assess the reality and prioritize your time and efforts for this day. Faxing is the least reliable as well as the slowest way to send your application to the program. Regardless of whether or not you are faxing yourself or subscribed for an electronic fax service, you should not count on this communication media too much. Here is a simple math.

  1. Each program has One fax number published in the Unfilled Positions List
  2. Each application is on average 15 pages long (actually 20, but let‘s use 15 for the sake of calculations)
  3. Each page takes about 1 minute to transmit (some are faster, but most black intense pages like USMLE score reports take longer)

Based on the above, individual program can receive 4 applications per hour or 96 applications during first 24 hrs of Scramble. There will be about 15,000 applicants trying to fax their applications at the same time.


Do not count on faxing too much. But if you have one of your friends who can do it for you and assuming all other things are taken care off (ERAS, e-mail, phone calls), there is no harm in faxing.