Hello everyone- I am a fourth year medical student, who will be taking one year off and am applying for the 2008 match. I have been having a serious dilemma in regards to my career. I am passionate about radiology, but considering the competitive nature of the field, I may have no choice but to look to apply to another field. As I look on this board and auntminnie, I see that most applicants have at least a 230 on the Steps, which makes me feel like I have no chance in matching into any radiology program. So, a little about me. I am a USIMG, with low board scores (step 1 and Step 2). I got a masters before medical school where I did basic science research in cellular neurobiology all throughout my second year. I published my thesis and have one abstract from presenting my research at a national conference. My clinical grades have been all A's so far with 2 B's. I did a radiology rotation at a community hospital (with no radiology residency program), received an A, but was told I stand no chance from the radiology attending when I asked him for a letter of rec. Hence, he did not write me a letter of rec. I currently have no letters in radiology. The other fields I am considering are pathology and internal medicine. I have a few months of electives left, so I am asking for advice in regards to whether I should even do some away electives and try for radiology. I am willing to do some research before the application process starts in September of this year. At best, I might be able to get something published. But, my feeling is that, I don't want to waste so much effort, time and energy in trying to "go for" (taking electives, doing research) radiology, when, in the end, I won't be able to get in. I am not sure if it would help if I did research with a "big name" in radiology and hopefully, he/she might be able to make some calls for me when applying. I would be willing to bust my arse when doing research in hopes of publishing, but the fact that I might not even stand a chance (even if a bigwig made some calls for me) given my low board scores, makes me think twice about even trying. I would be willing to apply to any program in the country and would be willing to go anywhere in the country to train for radiology. Feeling kinda lost in what to do. If anyone has any constructive advice/criticism, it would be greatly appreciated. I, myself, am thinking I have no chance at all for radiology and thus am thinking about pathology. If I did pathology, I know for a fact that I wouldn't be as passionate about it as if I did radiology. I am a believer in the fact that if you want to be really good at something, you have to love it. If I did end up doing pathology, it would be something I would be doing partly because "I had no other choice." Thanks in advance for any help.