I think I need some advice.
Interested in academic programs with a strong interest in GI fellowship. I would prefer to be in the West, but strength of the program is more important to me.
1. UC San Diego
4. Mount Sinai/Icahn
8. UC Irvine
9. University of Utah
I feel strongly about 1-2, but the rest are mostly arbitrary based on how I felt during interview day.
If we're truly ignoring location: Vandy, Mt Sinai, UCSD, Uchicago, NYU, Baylor, Cedars, Utah, Irvine. But your list looks fine and if that's your gut feeling than that's the way to go.