I've posted on here before about getting a CA-1 position after doing an intern year somewhere but now I've got a couple of questions. 1) Does having done an intern year quailfy you as a different applicant versus when you were applying right out of medical school? 2)If your Prelim program allows you to do an elective at a Gas program that you wish to train at, does that make as big a difference as it did during med school? 3) How valuable is STEP 3 when looking for a CA-1 position? I would imagine highly valuable if board scores were not as good for step 1-2. 4) I know each program is different, but when applying outside of the match, do most programs still go through the same process (Education committee, etc.) when reviewing your application and eventually offering you a position? Thanks guys. There are a lot of people out there talking about Anesthesia being a "lifestyle" field. For me, its what I want to do for the rest of my career an am willing to do whatever necessary to become a great candidate. Any input is greatly appreciated.