I am very interested in going into vascular surgery and was wondering which pathway would be my best bet. I have a 222 Step 1 and 551 on Level 1, a masters degree, and my class rank is somewhere around 15 (not percent). I know my Step is a little below the average for general surgery but I should still be competitive at some community programs that have some decent fellowship placement. I am also looking into Arkansas. I cant decide if I should do an ACGME residency or an AOA residency before fellowship. Which pathway would provide a higher liklihood of me getting into a vascular surgery fellowship? Will the merger have any effect on this down the road?