I recently had a change of heart in terms of what specialty to pursue. I was going for gyn oncology, then realized lately that I couldnt do four years of ob just to get to 3 years of onc. Oncology is the entire reason I came to medical school. My medical school (U of Mich) proposed to set me up with a year long research opportunity within the dept of Med Onc or Rad Onc. I will spend my final M4 rotation on Rad Onc this year. I want to pursue Rad Onc b/c I think it is the most direct career path to pursue my goal and am attracted to their approach to cancer. My preclinical grades were mainly honors. My clinical grades were a mix of Honors, HP, and P's (indicating my indecisiveness on career path). Step I/II were 240 and 235. Would the year long research help. Should I pursue Rad Onc, or is it that competetive? I would be shooting to a mid to low tier Rad Onc program (if that exists). I decided not to scramble this year and stay on for another year, but I am conserned that a year of research may not help me too much. What are your thoughts??? Thanks in advance to anyone who responds.