I am a newb to this forum, but have been lurking for a while. I have a few questions about PMR residency programs/applying. I hope you guys can help me out, as my advisors don't seem to be very knowledgeable about this field (I don't know if anyone from my school has ever gone into PMR). A little background about myself: I am a 3rd year (MD) student, originally from Chicago, and would like to go to a larger city, preferably somewhere warm or in a "happening" city (ie, a place that is fun for a single 25 year old). My top choice would be AZ, but there aren't any programs out there. I get outstanding clinical evals from my attendings, but my shelf exam scores seem to keep preventing me from getting an "honors" grade. I have no doubt that I will get some great letters of recommendations from my IM attendings. My board scores and preclinical grades were below average, although i have not had to remediate anything. I have avg to above avg extracurriculars (ie student government, 2nd author on a research paper that will be published, volunteering, etc.) I plan on doing a 2 week rotation in PMR at my home university right after my 3rd year is completed in June, just to make sure I like it, and am looking into doing an away rotation in PMR sometime in September (I only have one shot, due to scheduling issues) to get a letter/audition. 1) On this site, I have seen various ranking lists for the match, and have a good idea about what the top programs are, but was wondering which less renowned programs are out there for a very average student such as myself. In particular, I am interested in knowing more about the University of Southern Florida program, Jackson Memorial (miami), Rush, Loyola, University of Texas at Houston, programs in D.C... Any other "under the radar" type programs that you guys know of that would be a good fit for someone like me? Are there any top programs I would have a shot at? 2) When I do an away rotation, would it be more beneficial from doing it at a top program (like the R.I.C.) and try to get a L.O.R. from there, or do it at a place where I will be more likely to get into (ie audition rotation). I have been told that since PMR is such a small community, doing a rotation at a highly respected program would probably be the way to go. 3) Is there any benefit to joining a Physiatry professional organization to show my interest? or is this just seen as a CV filler? Sorry about the lengthy post, thanks in advance for your replies.