I'm an MS-2 currently and am thinking about future career options. As I'm studying for Step 1 right now, I realize that I'm not getting the highest of scores. I took 2 tests so far and am around the 210s - 220s. Prior to med school I did basic research and have 1 publication and 1 coming up. In med school I've been involved in clinical and basic research but it doesn't seem that significant because I can't devote a lot of time to it (not as much as I would like) with school keeping me busy. My question is would it still be possible to get into a residency, say Internal Med at an academic center, with about that score? I know those are competitive. I am considering taking a year off and doing research to perhaps boost my chances of getting in. How about something more competitive like Nsurg or Anesthesia? Would I still be able to get in with that score if I did research? That really is the main thing that might bring down my app. Well I'm not AOA either but I've almost always scored above the mean in all the organ modules. I have good ECs but I know that doesn't count for much. And I still haven't done 3rd year clinicals yet. Any advice would be great.