http://archsurg.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/full/146/8/907?ct You have to login to see the article but I'll give a quick overview. The authors surveyed categorical surgery residents and asked them about how confident they felt as surgeons and in the operating room. The results: I'm planning a career in surgery, and I thought this was an interesting article. For the record, I'm a single male in the Northeast. The authors stipulate that the reasons residents at academic programs feel less confident is because they don't get much independent surgical cases and those who felt they could ask for help from an attending were more likely to be confident about their surgical skills. But anyway, do you guys think this study is accurate? Or it should be taken with a grain of salt because generalizations are just that, generalizations, and if you're talented and motivated enough, you will succeed in any type of program wherever you go?