@GastriqueGraffin I'm hoping to match into GI after residency. Pretty uncertain about the top of my rank list at this point but here's the programs will make the top 7: USC, UAB, Louisville, UT Houston, Baylor Scott White, Utah, U of AZ-PHX.
Prioritizing a solid residency that will help me reach my goal of matching GI. Would be nice to be in a good place for a family of 3 soon to be 4.
You're in a good spot with those programs if you want to do GI. You can't really go wrong, because at the end of the day, you control how good of an application you have (research is the biggest selling point of the whole process). None of those programs will close any doors (maybe AZ-Phx will if you are an average applicant). A few things to keep in mind:
Fellowships are very regional. Doing residency at USC and getting solid letters puts you in good standing for GI fellowship not only at USC, but for a number of southern california programs, as they all tend to interview any solid candidate from the southern california area from academic centers. UAB, in my opinion, is a very underrated IM program. I have had multiple friends go there who have matched into great fellowships across the southeast and east coast, and met a lot of their residents on the GI interview trail. I think they have had a 100% match list for all fellowships over the last few years. Utah is a great place as well, and you'd probably get solid west coast interviews coming from there. All in all, I would keep in mind WHERE you and your family want you to do fellowship, as the fellowship match (especially GI) and fellowship interviews are extremely regional.
I am currently a chief resident at a major IM program who just matched GI and looked at a few of those programs for GI, and UAB, USC, Baylor and Utah are awesome. UT Houston is good but those fellows get worked to the bone. Dont know much about Louisville, but im sure its good, although may be a little geographically limiting unless you are just a killer applicant.