So I have been looking at past posts on this subject, but I was hoping to get a fresh perspective on my situation. I am a DO student with a 630, but unforunately I did not take USMLE step I. My plan is to work hard and try to do the best I can on USMLE step 2 (Ive been reading that step 2 could increase in importance over the next few years) and work my butt off on rotations, try to get good LOR's and especially to do well on audition rotations. I am thinking about taking Step I, but if I go ahead with my plan do you think I have a shot at matching? I know Gas is very competitive and its a ROAD speciality, but from what I have seen it appears to be a very DO friendly field. That is the other factor I was curious about.......I will be applying to residencies in DO heavy areas (top choice would be PA/NJ, especially in Philly). I am hoping that if the PD or residency director is a DO they will look favorably on COMLEX. I am by no means an exceptional medical student, but I like to think I am easy going, pleasant, hard working and someone who will put the team first. I have done well on my rotations so far. I am not looking to match top tier, but Anes is my top choice and I just want to match somewhere. Any success stories out there? Also just as a follow-up since it is so competitive and Im at a disadvantage is there any harm in applying to another speciality as a back-up? Again I really want Anes, but I think thats better then not matching at all. Thanks!