I am a rising M2 who underachieved in undergrad. I think the best strategy is to assume that I want to go into something competitive and plan accordingly, instead of finding out late in the game when you don't have time to do significant research. This summer, therefore, I have been working on 2 projects: A first author health economics paper with an MD/MBA from Case Western (I majored in econ during undergrad) and a dermato-economic project with a Mass General dermatologist. Even if the health econ paper does not get published, I will be giving an oral/poster presentation on it during the fall. Since I spent most of my summer on this project, I will finish the derm project during the fall, which will result in 2 publications (a review article and a cost-benefit article). Apart from doing well on Step 1, 3rd year grades, and finding a mentor who can write me a strong LOR, any other advice to put me in the best shape for residency?