SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) How many programs should a general surgery applicant be applying to? I know this varies based on competetiveness of program, but any general guidlines? I'm an "average" applicant - solid but not top-of-the class grades, below national avg step 1 score (hoping for higher step2), lot of extracirriculars and some, but not lots, of research experience - only 1 publication. Any comments appreciated, thanks.