3rd year student trying to figure out if I should take the plunge for surgery. I've been planning for a surgical sub - AOA, >260 step score, done some research, etc. but unsure about it now that it's time to plan my 4th year schedule. Overall I've really disliked the 3rd year of medical school. I feel like I spend a lot of time in the hospital but don't learn much and don't make meaningful contributions to pt care - basically feels like a waste of time. This includes my surgery rotations. When I've gotten to 1st assist, I really enjoyed it, but that was only a few times. I like the idea of doing surgery, but I'm bored watching during most cases. I would assume this is natural if you aren't participating beyond retracting, but I'm not really sure. The thought of continuing to be a bystander as a 4th year student, intern, and maybe even into PGY-2 sounds boring. Is this something most surgeons thought but just stuck it out for the end goal? Or is it a sign I should pursue something else?