I've noticed that many of the top residencies are very academic. For example, I was looking at the well known general surgery residencies,i.e. Mass Gen, B&W's Hospital, and it says that the residency is well-suited for those interested in academic medicine. My question, though, can one go to these academic residencies but decide not to do the academic track. I want to go to a top-notch residency but I think I want to work in private practice when I finish. Incidentally, what are the top academic general surgery residencies? What about the top clinical ones that produce excellent surgeons but not necessarily the best researchers?