Hello all, I am an IMG who did not match to a categorical gen. surg position and had to take a prelim position as a last resort (in NJ). Besides having to look for a PGY2 for next year I have recently met someone who I am in a serious relationship with who lives in LA, California so I would like to find a spot over there. First, how does one find out about open PGY2 spots (the New England classifieds? word of mouth? FindAResident? calling PD's?) Second, does anyone know something about getting a status letter for applying in the state of California? And most importantly, should I start worrying about it now? Also, since I would like to end up somewhere in California, would it be a good idea to apply for both Gen. Surg AND medicine (PGY1) positions there to increase my chances of matching? I appreciate any advice.