SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) Hey everyone, I am new to the board but have found it a complete wealth of info. I searched to learn as much as i could but i could not find info on what i am desperatly curious about. I transfered schools into 3rd year and ended up having to miss my first 2 rotations of 3rd year due to some complications finalizing the transfer. 1 of the rotations i missed was surgery. The good thing was I was scheduled to have it first and probably wouldnt have done well but the bad part is that I now have to make it up 4th year. The problem is i really want to do gen. surg and obviously doing my surgery rotation fourth year will be no good for my application cycle. I also will not be able to do electives before applying etc. So the only things i can think of is to try to do surgery this year and do peds or something 4th year instead but the odds of that are slim as changing is hard to do. I had no choice in my order of rotations since i transfered. The other thing I can think of is to take a complete year off and apply in my 5th year and just do research or something. 2. The other thing i am very concerned about is i got a disapointing step 1 score of 218 which is disapointing because i wanted to do gen surgery. I had very poor testing conditions for a numb of reasons and know i could have done much better so I want to score a solid step 2 score. The problem with that is can I take step 2 early enough before applications to get the score in to the res. 2nd. by chance i cannot do that, is a 218 enough to land gen surgery providing 3rd year grades ok and overall application is average? 3. If all this does not work and i have to apply 4th year like usual, is there a way to apply into transitional year and then apply from transitional into surgery? and can someone explain how transitional to surgery would work? I know this is alot but any input would really be helpful as i am worried with my current set up i will not be able to get my foot in the door to surgery and be miserable doing something i hate all due to bad timing, circumstances etc. thanks alot!