I'm applying to prelim medicine and transitional years. Residents tell me to do transitional with lots of electives and minimal surgery. Attendings tell me to do a "rigorous" intern year. The few categorical programs I've seen have several months of medicine and surgery in the CBY, with some ICU thrown in. What gives? Should I do a transitional year and schedule myself for extra ward months (aiya!)? Extra ICU? I don't want to die intern year but I don't want to be a ******ed CA-1 either.