For many years, Kaj Johansen, MD, FACS, and David Heimbach, MD, FACS, of the Department of Surgery at the University of Washington, Seattle, provided the "little red book" as a resource to medical students who were applying for residency programs in general surgery. The book, "So you want to be a surgeon," proved to be very popular and a great help to students who wanted to select programs to which they could apply. With Drs. Johansen and Heimbach's permission, the American College of Surgeons created an online version of the book that contains expanded content, including information about all the surgical specialties that admit PGY 1 residents, and a searchable database containing consolidated information about each program not found elsewhere. We are pleased to present the "little red book" to medical students and their advisors in an electronic format for ready access. Moreover, this version, "So You Want to Be A Surgeon: An Online Guide to Selecting and Matching with the Best Surgery Residency" is updated on a continuous basis. We welcome your comments and suggestions. Good hunting!