Hey everyone, this is my first post here at SDN. This will be a relatively lengthy post considering what I am asking for in return. I am a third year med student who really had no idea what the hell I want to go into. I wen tthe ortho route, the peds heme/onc route and other specialties. To make a long story short, no field gave me everything I wanted. I want to perform procedures and surgeries while still maintaing relationships with my patients and having a tremendous impact in their lives. Also, lifestyle is important for me because I am very into having a family and have other interests outside of medicine. I was introduced to pain management from someone and I wanted to ask those who knew more about it to comment on the field. Because no one will know who I am, I think it will be okay to tell my qualifications to see if I am competitive for anesthesia and then pain management. I got a 237 on my boards, good, but not great. I am top 1/3, and just outside of AOA range. Also, I am very involved with medical education at both my school and on a national level. How am I for placing in a top notch anesthesia program? I understand more goes into it than just grades, but that is at least the basis for opening doors I have seen. To close, I apologize for the length of this post, but what sort of things should I be doing during my third year to find out if this is a field for me and to make connections in the field. Thanks for your time everyone!