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Hello, I have to take a 2 year gap after med school graduation (USA) to meet my obligation in the Korean military.

1. Assuming my step 1 & 2 scores, research publications, LOR's are on level for my desired residency, how will the 2 year gap affect my match?

2. How will PD's look upon the experiences (LOR's or other significant portions) in my ERAS application, if my experiences are 2 years older than expected?

3. If the 2 year gap will significantly downgrade the competitiveness of my application, what are some ways to make things up?

Thank you very much.

*2 years in ROK military = manual labor... no real time for studying etc
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the usual cut off gap is 5 years to 10 years, most programs cut off at 5 years. a 2 year gap will not affect your competitiveness.
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