I have a few questions for all you knowledgeable DO students. Just how important are the 1st and 2nd year grades? I mean if the 2nd ranked person in the class does average on the boards, while the last ranked person in the class does above average on the boards, who is in a better position for residency? Basically I'm just trying to gauge the importance of getting good grades the first 2 years. Also, is it correct that all students take the COMLEX in the summer after your 2nd year? Finally, I am particularly interested in getting into an MD residency for internal medicine or family practice in CA. Would you recommend that I take both the COMLEX and USMLE to improve my chances of accomplishing my goal, or is the COMLEX good enough? I have heard that in CA, most of the allopathic residencies for primary care know how to read the COMLEX scores so DOs would not need to take the USMLE. Can anyone shed some light on this? Thanks.