I'm a 3rd year med student and was wondering if people might be able to give some feedback/help regarding my dilemma in choosing a residency/career. I've read many of the postings on this forum, and agree that I feel like i might be choosing path as a "by default" choice in that I find so many nit-picky things wrong w/other fields and have ended up with PATH as last field left (i also think i'd enjoy the field of PATH as well....). The problem is that i'm getting a lot of heep from family members etc about choosing path. Main arguement is that they feel i'm a caring, considerate person [not trying to come off conceded, just giving the whole story] and that "the world be missing out on my gift" as my wife loves to constantly remind me anytime i mention PATH as a career. I agree w/her to some extent in that i wouldn't be interacting w/patients directly, but i just find so many other benefits in PATH that being able to "share my gift" seems like it would be less rewarding. I agree that i think i'm decent with people, but i honestly don't like it that much! The other choice i had been considerating was PSYCH, - yes i know, the apparant antithesis of the well-defined, structured, organized field of PATHOLOGY. The factor i care most about, besides interest of course, in choosing my field is lifestyle, thus probably explaining why it seems like PATH and PSYCH are the lone fields standing. I think PSYCH is okay, but i'm too scientific a person to be able to do that as a career, thus leaving PATH as a tentative choice. But i'm getting so much crap from family about always choosing "outlandish" fields like psych/path and not even considering "normal" things like Medicine. Have others who chose path gotten this feeling? Any input regarding my situation? Also, for completeness to my story, yes, I am planning on taking an elective in path this summer to solidify my tentative decision, and yes, am worried about how my family will respond to me saying that i love it. - - - Another brief question i had was regarding residency admission criteria to good path programs. I'm planning on staying in st. louis, and so SLU and WashU are my main choices/options. I've seen WashU's name many times in other threads about the best PATH programs, but was wondering what sort of criteria "good programs" have and how i'd compare: I've yet to take STEP 2, but have a STEP 1 score of 232, good pre-clinical and clinical grades, in process of junior AOA consideration, NO research experience, have NOT done PSF, and should be able to get good LOR from PATH electives this summer.