Hey guys, just wanted to ask a few questions regarding general surgery. I am about to complete my first year at a state DO school and am currently interested in both general surgery and internal medicine. While I am not 100% sure about surgery, I still would like to keep my options open if possible. While my school does not rank students, based on my test scores when compared to the class average I would say I probably fall within the top 60-70 percentish. I have a research project scheduled for this summer, which I have been told will be published next year by the pHD I will be working with. I plan to start studying for boards this summer to get a head start. Is there anything else I should be doing? How competitive is general surgery for a DO if they are not picky about the location? What score should I be aiming for on step 1 to simply get in somewhere? I dont want to sell myself short, I guess I simply want to get an understanding of how hard it would be to match general surgery if I end up deciding to pursue this specialty. Thanks!