Hi everyone, I'm finishing up aspects of my ERAS application and getting to the point where I need to make a list of programs I want to apply to in orthopaedics. I think I'm moderately competitive, and while I appreciate the "what are my chances threads" I'm finding little direction in how many applications I should submit and to what caliber of program I should be applying. Ideally a mix, of course, but I would like to keep my application number to 50-60 at most, and so I have to carefully choose which programs I apply to and I don't want to waste my money on too many reach programs (if there is such a thing in orthopaedics as I realize the field is competitive as a whole). That said, here are some specifics about my app... Standard Southern State School Preclinical Grades: Mix of Honors/Pass (only option at our school) Clinical Grades: 4/6 Honors including surgery Gold Humanism Honor Society Probably not going to be AOA, although I'm not 100% ruling it out. USMLE Step 1 248 Leader for the ortho interest group at my school Research: 2 first author pubs in ortho journals with chairman of the program at my school, 1 first author submission coming up soon, and 3 poster/podium presentations Working on LOR's - I'm assuming my home letter will be strong as I've known the chairman for 3+ years now and get along with him very well, I'll be busting my ass on aways for additional letters. So, that's me in a nutshell. I'm not completely set on location; I moved to the South from a Western State, so that helps to narrow the geographical regions I'm applying to. My dream school would be U of Washington, Colorado, or Utah, but the first is probably a significant reach. There are a number of great programs around me (including mine, IMHO) and I would be happy to stay in the South or Midwest. I have no serious interest in the New England/East Coast region, although there are a few select schools I may apply to for ****s and gigs.