Hey - I have been reading this forum for a few weeks now and it seems like there are a lot of helpful members so I thought I'd put my issues out there. I am a rising fourth year student applying to OB programs for the 2008-2009 match. I decided to take a year off after third year and am currently doing clinical research on postpartum depression. I did very well during my third year clerkships and on the shelf exams. I didn't do great on Step 1 (<200) so I had banked on rocking Step 2. Alas - I took it this past November and I failed. I couldn't believe it and thought my hopes of matching to a solid OB program were dashed. But I got lots of guidance from various advisors, including the chair at my school, and I rallied and am studying to take it again in April. I pinpointed my weakness as the computer-based format as well as some areas of knowledge so I have a very different study strategy from the first attempt. Thoughts on how this will impact my candidacy for OB programs? Any advice would be appreciated!