Hey everyone, I'm a third-year med student at a good US allopathic school. I'd really been considering going into neurosurgery, but a conference on treatment of brain tumors with the gamma knife provoked some interest in rad onc. I've now looked into the field and I'm at a real crossroads, undecided between the two fields with little time left to figure it out. The most interesting thing in neurosurgery, for me, has been the technology, which rad onc offers in abundance without unnecessarily beating my @$$ into the ground and robbing me of any tidbit of normal life. My question is this... is it even an option for me? Step one is 245, and I'm third author on a basic science paper on rheumatoid arthritis, the result of about 9 months of labwork. I realize that this doesn't count for much in a field like rad onc. Do I have a chance as I am now? Could I grab a quick project and then have a good chance? Or do you think I'm pretty much left with either my original plan (neurosurg) or taking a year off to do some research? I hate "what are my chances" threads as much as the next guy, but with radiation oncology it seems really hard to gauge the level of competitiveness. Any responses are appreciated.