I'm sure a lot of you guys are familiar with the problem that general surgery residencies are having in filling their available spots. I read recently that about 25% of all positions went unfilled last year. Wow! It wasn't too long ago that these were the most sought after residencies (after all, you can't be a plastic surgeon without doing a general surg residency). What's the thinking out there about spending 5+ grueling years in a no-sleep, constant-call residency?