Just wanted to take an informal poll on the forums' opinion on operating early, salary, and other not-too-important but not-insignificant factors... What are your opinions on operating early? I'm wondering how much it will affect my happiness as an intern/PGY2, and whether this should weigh into choosing one program or another. On one hand, 1 year out of 7 is not too significant. On the other, attrition in surgery is mostly early (1/5 of even those with the best of intentions leave), and maybe getting operative experience can motivate me enough to get past the tenuous period. Program A: Operate early, 6K salary/yr advantage, weather not great Program B: Top heavy, 6K salary/yr less, weather is pretty good Do you think at this point in our lives, salary is pretty insignificant? I mean I could buy a nice home theater with 6k, take some nice vacations every year... Feel, reputation, academic development, ancillary staff, call, fellowship match, etc are fairly even. Any thoughts?