Hey guys, I'm in my summer between my 1st ans 2nd year, and like i've read on the forum, if you are even remotely interested in dermatology, it is best to start research early in the game. I took ya'lls advice and I am working voluntarily on project in a Derm Path lab this summer and attend the sign outs every morning with the pathologists and residents. I'm learning a lot and really enjoying my time with these wonderful folks. I guess I've heard too many rumors and I have no idea what's fact vs myth. Obviously this is competitive, but what do i need to do give myself a shot at a derm residency. I have good grades, probably top 15% in class. Should I start preparing for the Step 1 now? Is it always about your board scores in this field or do bright people who really have a passion have a shot? I wish I could do a dermatopath residency first and than apply to derm, but that would take too many years. Any advice guys?