Just trying to gauge how difficult it is to get into the various subspecialties from GS. They include (I think): pediatric, CT, plastics, surg onc, vascular, trauma (not a true specialty, I believe), transplant (also not a full specialty?), critical care, and hand surgery (have to do plastics first?). Have I left any out? Also, what exactly does it mean for a fellowship to be competetive? Must one come from a prestigious academic center? Or publish? Or what? So, in the humble and unbiased opinion of surgery hopefuls or (better yet) those involved in surgery, how should they be ranked? That was about the most poorly written post I have done in a while. But hey, I'm tired. I hope you all got my point.