Surgery Prelim year in California

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Sep 25, 2019
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According to the NRMP, surgery prelim at some of the California programs (UCLA, UCI, UC San Diego) for the last few years have always had a few available positions. Why is it that these great locations with great names are unable to fill all their available positions? If any current or previous [(general) (surgery)] residents can provide insight on the workload/malignancy/desirability... because I am very interested in doing my prelim year in California.

I'm not a pro on SDN but you can probably message me directly if that is better for you.

Thank you kindly.

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No first hand experience but from what I’ve heard you are worked really hard and have no chance at ever being converted from a prelim to a categorical resident in the GS programs there.