SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) for all the surgery/ortho folks out there, i have a few questions for you. i'm an ms3 enjoying my surgery rotation and thinking that i'd like to do ortho, but i've had a hard time getting good information on what's a long-shot, competitive, or shoe-in applicant (ie usmle, class rank, aoa, research, etc.). stats - i got a 234 on step 1, in the 2nd quartile of my class, and have been doing well in my clinical rotations thus far, so i'm wondering: 1. what does it take to match ortho? 2. do i have a realistic shot? 3. if so, would i have any choices as to which program, or would i have to go where they would take me? i would appreciate any input on this matter. thanks.