SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) Will all surgical residencies become more competetive with an 80 hr rule being enforced? I think that it will. I think that there are a lot of people that choose fields other then surgery simply because they are unable to tolerate a 100-120 hr week in the OR. With 80 hrs, your surgical residents will be working as many hours as your internal medicine residents and your psych residents, and etc. Most surgeons make more then the average non-surgical physician, and we all know that med students, on a whole, follow the money. By taking the time factor out of the equation, I think that there will be a lot more people looking at surgical careers. And since there will be more people looking at surgical specialties as a career, it will become more competitive. Thoughts?