I'm a Caribbean med student, Step 1 = 226 (92), applying for the 2008 Match. I'm very curious about Anesthesiology, but May is the only month I can take Anesth elective (& get a letter of rec before Sept 1 for the 2008 Match). The problem is, I'm also studying for Step 2 within April+May. So basically I want a short Anesth elec to get a Letter of Rec & still have enough time to study for Step 2. (I'm also planning on taking another Anesth elec to get a real sense of what Anesth is like) --- Does taking a 2-week Anesthesiology elective -- instead of a 3-week elec -- look lazy/bad on residency applic for Anesth? I know you guys are not PDs but your opinions are still well-thought-out and therefore I consider them in helping me make my choice! --- I know everybody hates hearing this question, but I can't resist asking --> what are my chances to get into Anesth in the first place? I'm a Caribbean grad, Step 1 = 226 (92) 1st attempt, Basic Sciences GPA = 81% including one failure in Biochem (repeat grade B), and a withdrawal grade in Path (repeat grade B); typically grades in the B's; Honored Pharm & Anatomy (95, 95); top 1/3 in my class; Honored some cores (OBGYN, PEDS, FP, PSYCH); Letters from Psych, Neuro, Family -- and hopefully Anesth!! The only things on my CV are psych research in undergrad w/ poster, typical medical volunteer work in undergrad, later worked full-time as Psych Nursing Technician, TA/Tutor Anatomy & Pharm in med school. I feel kind of average I'm fine with applying to middle-to-low tier programs (I'm not dreaming about Harvard or even top-tier) as long as it's not the absolute worst program known to mankind. Do I sound like a decent applicant, or should I not get too optimistic? Any suggestions about programs that are likely to be friendly to an applicant similar to myself? Thank you so much for any info!