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Old 01-16-2015
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Hi all, just wanted to know if any of you would be able to enlighten me on my chances at matching.

I am a US citizen that studied undergraduate in Asia, and went straight into medical school there.

In the middle of my second year, I stopped because of depression, and performed in the arts & entertainment industry for the meantime.

I went back to school 6 months later, and continued, but in the middle of my 3rd year (1.5 years after returning, no clinicals yet), I decided to stop because I wanted to pursue many opportunities in arts & entertainment that I would have to give up when I become a doctor. I wanted to do these and not have regrets in life, and not be distracted by doing these while in med school, and risking my education and patients' lives because of it. I always felt that med school would be waiting, and I would not be able to do these things when I was a little older.

For the meantime I was teaching and performing dance, and coaching athletic teams at universities. In the middle of that, I decided to return to the US, and eventually retire from performing. I tried applying for research positions but I did not have any luck and kept getting declined. I could not volunteer in research because I needed to work many hours in retail (the only job i could get) to pay rent and feed myself.

Now my desire to be an M.D. is at its fullest, and I know I can give it my full concentration and no regrets. I am now deciding to return to school in Asia and finish my M.D., 2.5 years after my second leave of absence.

All in all, by the time I graduate, it will have been 8 years since I began medical school (2009-2010, gap of 6-7 months, 2011-2012, gap of 2.5 years, then 2015-2017 to graduation)

Do any of you have any insight as to how this will be seen by PDs and/or how this will affect my residency applications if ever I decided to return to the US after graduation? (again, I would be a US IMG, no visa required)
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Its a tough question. But I think that it wouldnt affect much. As a matter of fact, your story of doing other things besides medicine is quite good, and would actually help you to get into some programs. As far as I know, they are mainly interested in your year of graduation, and not when you started. And if they ask you, you have a pretty good explanation. Many people have to leave med school for economical, personal or family reasons, and there is nothing wrong with it. Also many programs, are not looking for full time scholars, but people with other things on the side, like you.

So if you are really interested in becoming an MD and do your residency in the US, you should complete your studies, be done with the steps, and after graduating, apply for residency!!
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