With ERAS submission on the horizon I've sufficiently psyched myself out and am genuinely wondering if I need to be considering a backup plan. Plastic surgery is the only thing I can see myself doing and so I've elected to not apply to general surgery at this time. With that said, I'm here to gather general consensus on whether or not I need to be looking for research spots in a lab in the next few months so I don't find myself empty handed come match day (I'm married and not having a backup plan would not bode well for the family). Medical School: top 20 Step 1: 247 Step 2: 251 Clinical Grades: Mostly honors, some high pass (including surgery) Class Rank: top 25%, nominated for AOA but not elected Research: 4 publications in print, 3 papers accepted (but not yet published), 3 poster presentations, 2 papers in progress Other: older student with interesting resume, lots of volunteering, some teaching Letters: 2 from plastic surgeons (chief and program director); had to cancel an away rotation last-minute due to health problems w/ father so I won't have a 3rd letter I apologize in advance if this is the wrong place to post this inquiry. I appreciate any feedback that can be offered and thanks to all of you for posting such sound advice on these forums over the years.