I am one of the <10% of usmg that did not match and am just not sure how everything will eventually shake out. I read the earlier post titled my journey into anesthesia and found some help, but I still have questions. I think a major factor in my not matching was taking step 2 late (March 12) combined with a low step one (84). I also should have ranked more places, but I didn't want to match there-hindsight 20/20. I was able to scramble into a preliminary medicine year at my school and the PD knows I want to/will leave at the end of intern year. My questions are: How will I have time to interview?-will it be with my vacation time? I guess I can sign up with ERAS again but just apply to advanced positions, correct? Should I try to do a two week elective at an away school before the end of my fourth year to get a letter, or will the letters have to come from my IM PD and attendings? I realize it is probably pointless to contact any PD's until after my step 2 is in. I was already concerned I may not have been a great candidate on paper, which was obviously confirmed during the match process. I just don't really understand what I will be able to do to get in a program with such a hectic year coming up- BTW I hate IM but know that it will be better for anesthesia. All this match bs just makes me bitter and almost not even want to be a doctor anymore. But what the hell can you do with a 125 grand debt staring you in the face? sorry to bring negative vibes, I guess right now I just can't see any light at the end of the tunnel. Thanks for any help.