I know i posted a similar question before....forgive me. Since you are the resident Ophthalmologist on this board, I have to ask you. A neurosurgery resident from our school gave an informal lecture to the surgery club yesterday and he basically said not to set our goals too high as far as trying to obtain the best surgical or surgical subspecialty residencies as a DO. His reason was because he had outstanding scores USMLE Step1 and 2 and awesome LOR but was not even given an interview at some of the better programs. My question is, since you are a Mud_Phud, and you are training at one of the best programs in the country, would Iowa give serious consideration to a DO who has outstanding board scores, kick a$$ letters of recommendation and published research. I realize that all of the applicants to Iowa will have these qualifications, but out of curiosity what do you think. Thanks PS- I get sick of reading these questions too, but your answers do help us focus our efforts.