I will be starting medical school this fall and was hoping that some of you out there who have secured a spot in this field could brief me on how competitive it is. Some questions I have are: 1) What is the avg Step 1 score for people who match? 2) Does the med school you attend have a big affect on your match? (smaller school at a slight disadvantage to larger, more well-known schools?) 3) Did you participate in extensive research while you were in medical school? (ie, Do a one or two year NIH or HH research fellowship?) I have been told by many people that this field is extremely competitive, so I would like to hear first hand from you guys. Any input is much appreciated! Thanks a bunch.