Hello, I'm a MSIII at an allopathic Midwest medical school with high 230s Step 1, mostly H and HP for clinical grades, some research, wondering how hard it is to break into one of the Cali programs or NE programs for anesthesiology residency? I have ties to both areas (brother lives W coast, some family and SO planning to move to either coast soon too for her career), and more importantly, I am f****** tired of the Midwest. Lived in NY and SoCal for some time in my childhood before coming here and want to get out desperately, for both personal and professional reasons. I did do a FAER research stint last summer in a big name E coast school and have a letter from my mentor there, if that helps any. I apologize if this sounds like somewhat of an irrational/immature question, but I just want to know my chances because I constantly hear this dogma that Cali and the NE programs are very competitive but I just wanted to know what my chances are based on my current stats as it may guide my application process this fall. All in all, I have made up my mind and I'd rather work 80+ hrs/week in Cali or one of the big NE cities (Boston/NY) than 50+ hrs/week in the Midwest. Any insight on this would be appreciated!