Ok, I give in. I just need to vent: I am applying to anesthesiology myself next year, and am doing it because I actually love it. If anesthesiologists earned half the amt of money they earn and worked harder, I would still go. Now all you people who are doing it just for pay and lifestyle... I don't like you! Argh! I hear talk from potential radiology applicants saying that anesthesiology is their backup... ridiculous! Ok, ok, I'm not really serious, and I'm really not that disturbed by it. And I'd probably do the same thing if I didn't like any specialty that much. So I'm just bitching, cuz when I was seriously considering anesthesiology a few years ago, it was so easy to get in where you want to go... now I have to compete with all you people with high step scores, tons of honors, aoa and stuff. damnit!