So I had a very interesting interview experience, and wanted a little feedback about the truth behind what I heard. As background, I have a good application and am applying at top-tier programs throughout mainly the Southeast. My goal is to graduate residency and move on into community practice. My desire to get involved in the community (be it in service, community education, or missions) is much stronger than my desire to participate in academic medicine. This is not a judgement, simply what appeals to me. I freely admit on the interview trail that I am interested in community medicine and likely will not end up in academics (although I do so tactfully, understanding my audience). However, one of my recent interviewers told me, "It's the rare bold student who will say they don't want to go into academics. If I listened to everybody's applications, 95% of residents would end up in academics." To me, this is obviously ridiculous, as maybe 30-40% (that's probably high) end up in academics. I am still not going to pull any punches, and I do not apologize for my career and life goals, but have I just given myself the kiss of death? Are the more academically oriented programs going to steer clear of me?