OK, I decided to start this thread after seeing the recent "Top 10 Ranking Residency" posts concerning Anesthesiology and Neurosurgery. I'm halfway through my 3rd year of medical school and am thinking of applying to combined or integrated plastic surgery programs (3 or 4 years general + 2 or 3 plastics + 1 or 2 research) depending on the program. I've been talking to some residents and attendings, and here's what I've sort of heard so far and would like your collective opinion. Following the Anesthesiology posts, I will list what I've heard so far are the Top 4 programs: Top 4: UCSF, UCLA, Hopkins, Harvard But then what comes next? I've heard NYU, Pitt, Penn, Stanford, Yale, Baylor, U Washington, U Michigan. What about U Virginia, Brown, UCSD, USC, Cornell, U Chicago, Northwestern? And would this list be radically different if we included programs which offer only traditional plastics fellowships for those who've completed their entire 5 years of general surgery? What would be great if there is a site showing what each program's average rank was among students who ranked them... I guess that could be misleading... or show the raw number of how many students ranked them 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, etc. That may give a collective idea of how applicants felt about these programs. Or even a list of how acadamic faculty ranked these programs could be useful. It seems like the Anesthesiology people have a lot more studies and stats about their programs!