I have a situation that gives me two options (gotta skip the details): miss the lottery for 3rd year rotation schedule and be given whatever slots are left in whatever order they can fit me in, or take a year off and enter the following year's lottery. That year off would be spent doing research (but I kinda wanted to do that after 3rd year.) It would be after the deadline to swap with other students. I'm interested in gen surg and ENT. I'm afraid that I won't be as sharp 3rd year if I take a year off, but I'm also afraid of getting my surgery rotation at a time that might really suck. Thanks in advance.