I have a question about how much surgical case load during residency matters. I am considering going to USUHS and then going into an Army surgical residency, but I am conserned about the operative case load during residency. Everyone I've talked to (Army or Civilian) stipulates that Army residencies aren't super intensive caseload wise. However, all their graduates leave and pass their boards (so they meet the minimum requirements). What I am confused about is how much caseload matters. Both Army and Civilian docs I've spoken to say it doesn't matter that much. Their reasoning is this: what matters, assuming you learned during residency, and are a competent surgeon, is where you do your fellowship, as that is where you really learn how to do whatever it is you choose to do. Since the Army sends all (well, except for Vascular @ Walter Reed) their surgeons to civilian hospitals for fellowship, I'm not worried about that aspect. So, my questions is this: Since I know I will get boarded after Army surgical residency, how much do I care about the operative caseload (I understand it to be ~60th percentile nationally)? Thanks!