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Default apply residency this year or next year

I would be ready to apply for Match 2016 with Step, Step 2 CK and CS, however with no US experience. l will be done with my tests close to September. Should I apply this year for 2016 Match or wait one more year so to have US experience under my belt. By next year I would taken Step 3 as well. If I apply to programs this year and don't get any interview, and then if I apply next year again to same programs, do they take into account that I have applied there before too and there's chance that they don't consider me again. Should I not apply and wait for year build strong profile and then apply? Or, should I apply this year and avoid losing another year.

Also, another thing, I graduated in Dec. 2011, and 5 years from that time is Dec. 2016. Now colleges which take applicants with YOG less than 5 years ago, do they mean at the apply time or at the start of residency. If I aim for 2017 residency, Can I apply to those schools as time of apply would be before Dec. 2016 though the residency start time would be Jun 2017.
This would also be another factor to consider in deciding whether to apply this year or next year.
Really appreciate your help.
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