M4 at lower tier MD school in northeast. I've done well on boards (25x, 27x) and in school (mostly honors), not yet sure about AOA. I'm feeling a little lost on specialty decision and any guidance would be appreciated. I enjoyed all of my 3rd year clerkships and could see myself doing just about any specialty, which is a precarious situation to be in. I essentially ruled out surgery a while ago due to not liking the lifestyle and the culture, especially of the residency. I have no problem working hard and actually enjoy being busy, but I also have interests outside of medicine. I have considered basically every non-surgical field and have read threads on here ad nauseam. I'm having the problem that the more I read about a field, the more I stress over all the problems in said field (ie, IM, EM, DR, IR/DR, gas), and it turns into a real "paralysis by analysis". I think my top choice at the moment would be IM, but I'm not completely sold on it. I have enjoyed medical school and enjoy clinical problem solving, but when I read about IM residency, I basically only see bad things about how you are worked like a dog and are essentially just writing notes all the time. IM fellowships with procedural aspects are definitely appealing but I also feel like the length of training is too long. I really wish that I had been "gunning" for a specific specialty from day 1, I'd like to take advantage of the fact that I've done very well but I'm having trouble seeing how to do that outside of competitive surgical specialties. For example, if you're a good student applying EM, you win an extra year of residency for your efforts lol. I know that the classic advice would be to go get experience in different fields and see what you like, and I am going to try to do that, but I still feel like a couple weeks elective in rads or gas or whatever still leaves you making a decision with very limited information. Don't really know what I'm looking for here, just had to get some words down on paper. I guess what I'm looking for is any advice from people who went through a similar struggle and found a way to commit to one of these fields?