I was a scribe for a year before medical school. I loved it. Came into medical school wanting to do EM. I find it sort of frustrating/borderline repulsive that aways are required for, excuse my language, a non-competitive specialty. It's almost pushed me to the point of not wanting to do aways to get these stupid things. EM average step is 233 and they're trying to make themselves pseudo-competitive I guess?? Diagnostic rads has a 99% match rate and their average step score last year was 240. Guess what? Don't require aways. I guess I'm missing something but EM better stop pissing in good applicant's cheerios just so they can seem more competitive than they actually are. I just find it so blatantly stupid that an EM program would reject people that are competitive for the likes of ortho, derm, etc just because they don't have two "standardized" letters. Is standardization not what the USMLE is for? Very sorry for the rant. Approaching the end of 3rd year and my obgyn rotation has sucked the life out of me.