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Question 6 years to graduate medical school...how bad will this look.

I took about a year's time off to study for Step 1. I'm currently in my 3rd year of doing my rotations. After that I plan on taking another year off to do research to bolster my application. So, overall, six years. How bad will this look when applying for the match for general surgery?
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General surgery is very tough, specially if you are an old graduate.
Try to do everything before 5 yog. Because after that PDs will consider you a very old graduate. Actually after 2 yog you are already an old graduate.

And don't stop everything just to do usmle. PD don't like it. If I were you I would do all usmle and the research together in just one year
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Technically you have not graduated yet and so you are not considered an old graduate. BUT you will have to explain your gaps. An excuse that I was studying for step is not a good excuse.

MOST of the people you will be competing with in general surgery have stellar scores (230-250) with no gaps and research publications. Now ask yourself y would a PD want you when they can have such a candidate.

NOW in your year off say you were doing research and have multiple publications in BIG NAME journals like NEMJ etc you are a good candidate. RESEARCH without a publication has no meaning...
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So I was looking at my past work. I started med school in Spring of 2011, in January.

So January of 2014, will make it three years. Since like all foreign schools, we go to school year round. I'll finish my core rotations at the end of July and will write my Step 2 at the beginning of August.

Starting August, I will do the research from 2014 to 2015. So mathematically, it ends up being 4 years, because we wet to school year-round. However, traditionally, there should technically be two gaps which are noticeable.

Thoughts? Also, AIR1, is it possible to do research and have it successfully published within a year. That means of doing research for only 11 months, and hoping to get it published by the last month.
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JJacob, clock starts after you graduate not when you start medical school.... Also, you should apply for residency as soon as you graduate and if you dont match then you do research. Yes you can do research and publish within 11 months but you should rather aim to do research while you are doing your rotations. You can publish with a resident or become a part of on going research in the hospital where you are rotating. You wont get primary author but secondary or tertiary is good.

Research with publication will only increase you chances of matching if you are going after very competitive.
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