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One unexpected cost I encountered in medical school was the price of applying—both to medical school and to residency. The cost of the application is high, and students are expected to pay for travel to interviews, accommodations, etc. In many other fields, jobs cover the expenses candidates encounter during an application and interview process. Given the low rate of acceptance into medical school and residency, many of these costs are for naught. Is there any move in the medical school or residency admissions process for ameliorating some of these costs, for example by performing initial interviews by video conference or phone? Does the application need to cost as much as it does?