I know as a second year student that it is a bit too early for me to be thinking about this, but I've heard that U Minn has great residency programs in peds and Med/Peds, both in which I am very interested. The problem is that I have no ties to the state of Minnesota other than a few great aunts who live there and am not a student at their medical school. Should I even bother to apply come 4th year? Also, a classmate of mine has a sig. other in Minnesota (not a physician and they are not married or currently planning to be) and he is also not a resident of the state though he went to a private school in MN for college. Does he have a better chance than I do at matching in MN? We are both Massachusetts (formerly Maryland in my case) residents if that helps. thanks!