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I am a final year surgery resident in India..My scores are 260+/250+. I have 10+ publications and equal number of presentations..I have no gaps in CV. I am a green card holder.

Publications are in a range of topics ranging from neurophysiology to neuro radiology , general surgery and critical care related.

I plan to apply for 2016 match ..

1) I would be 4/5 year grad by the time I apply. Can the fact that I have done residency in home country mitigate the disadvantage of the longer time since graduation ?

2) I d prefer doing IM/neurology to general surgery in the US. Can my residency in a different branch create disadvantages? I don't have commitment issues . I am interested in neurology..In my home country I d have preferred taking up neurosurgery .Path for neurosurgery in India is a 3 year general surgery residency followed by 3 year neurosurgery residency.
But getting a neurosurgery residency in the US is beyond far fetched. Next to impossible. So I d prefer doing neurology as it is brains I find interesting.
In my med school days I was always torn between medicine and surgery.
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I have no idea. But, you have good credentials. Why not look into surgery if that is what you want? Maybe not into a top program, but chances are there. I would apply to both neurology and general surgery. But again. This is only my opinion. Nobody really knows.
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I don't think surgery is that tough to get into anymore as more and more people shy away from it.
look into the stats from last year of the charting outcomes in the match. you can find it in the ecfmg website.
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thank you for replying.

There are several reasons for me not looking into general surgery..

In the US general surgeons are primarily bowel surgeons..not something I fancy doing all my life.. Back in India I took up surgery with the intention of being a neurosurgeon ,unaware of the fact that I would ever get a greencard.

2nd issue is that even though I have never really been out of clinical care, there are very few gen surgery programs accepting img >4 or >5 years since graduation. A fairer criterion would have been time since last medical educational experience or time since last 'documented' patient care. But alas, we cannot change anything.

For family reasons I need to settle in the US.. Suddenly my familial ties have become stronger in the US than in India..And I need a residency as quickly I possibly can..

Reason I am thinking about neurology besides my interest in neuroscience is endovascular neurology. A neurologist too can get trained in interventions..

in charting outcomes I find that neurology programs are more flexible about YOG ..

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