I know there's much more that goes into a residency app than just step 1 score, but I'm currently interested in an academic career. Two strikes against me are the fact that I'm from a low-tier MD school and I only have 2 abstracts and 3 presentations currently. I'm finishing up my first rotation of third year so I have a ways to go yet, but just trying to figure out if I should attempt to get some more research in or what else I could do to be more competitive. Just got my scores back and did much better than I anticipated, so I was wondering if a step 1 >260 could make up for subpar research and a low ranked MD school? Interested in Vandy/Emory/Stanford/Hopkins in particular for research purposes. Any advice is welcome! Thanks!