I am a first year who is very interested in radiology. So far I cant seem to do any better than a bit above average through my first 10 exams or so. The way my school does it is that they only recognize the top 3rd in the dean's letter but beyond that, no distinction is made for the bottom 2/3s of those who passed. I know i have boards to look forward to along with rotations that will probably matter than my class rank being out of the top 1/3 in first year but how important will it be when I am applying for residencies, provided I can perform good enough on boards? btw, if it helps, i am doing a long term project with a pediatric radiologist while in school for the first 2-3 years and for the next two summers I am doing a pretty in depth research project with an interventional radiologist who is chief of radiology at my hospital, which will help me graduate with an MD with distinction in research (not PhD). Im just looking for general points of reference here, anything helps.. thanks.