SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) Before starting my Radiology residency, I will be doing a Prelim. Surgery year. Anybody here actually do prelim surgery? All I've been hearing is that it is gonna suck. However, these words are from people who haven't actually done it. Is it as bad as everybody says? What's the best attitude to have going into it? How does one make the best of the year as well as use the surgical year as an advantage going into Rads? From what I gather, the prelims at my program don't get much OR time and spend most of the time on the floors. (Probably the norm I imagine.) Thanks.