Chances for anesthesia/etc. after repeating a year

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I go to a mid-tier MD school and had some health issues that caused me to fail two classes M2 which required me to take a LOA and repeat the year.
Step 1: pass
5 pubs but none in anesthesia

Is there any chance of matching anesthesia if clinicals go well and 250+ Step 2? Or should I give up and focus on a less competitive specialty (psych, IM)? School admin is not giving me clear answers on what to expect.

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If the LOA is really due to health issues and it's stated in your PS and Dean's letter (and not more serious issues like academics or professionalism), should have a decent chance if you do well on Step 2.