I'm sure this question comes through the forum all the time, but for us losers who still don't know: What is the diff. b/t a prelim surg spot and a categorical one? Do you get much OR exp. in a prelim spot? If you do prelim, can you then match to a gen surg, or is prelim specifically for people wanting specialist spots? The prelim spots didn't seem to get filled almost anywhere during this last match, according to the stats I saw. The gen surg spots often filled up. It would seem that the prelim spots are pretty accessible to applicants who want them. Is that true?