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Is age a deciding factor for getting residency in US? Are younger graduates preferred over oldergraduates?
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Is age a deciding factor for getting residency in US? Are younger graduates preferred over oldergraduates?

Not at all.
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Age CAN BE a deciding factor for two reasons:
  • If you have graduated more than 4-5 years ago, you will have to prove to program directors that you were not out of touch with clinical activity, and you were engaged in worthwhile productive work.
  • If you are about 5-10 years older than other residents, program directors will wonder if you would be able to "take orders" from other people much younger than you. No one will ask you on your face, but you should know that some people would naturally wonder about it. They don't want to make other team members feel a tad bit awkward.

This being said, they are NOT MAJOR issues. And if you prepare well you should be able to defend this particular thing.
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Year of Graduation plays a MAJOR ROLE in the matching game.
After 3 yog you are already an old graduate. After 5 yog your chances decrease a lot and more than 10 yog is very very old.

Anyone that tell you the opposite doesn't have any experience with the match.
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Year of Graduation plays a MAJOR ROLE in the matching game.
After 3 yog you are already an old graduate. After 5 yog your chances decrease a lot and more than 10 yog is very very old.

Anyone that tell you the opposite doesn't have any experience with the match.
This is pretty much what I was going to say. Age does play a role since the younger you are the more productive years you will have ahead of you and people also tend to intrepetate young age/time since graduation as a sign of a focused person, while older ages will be seen as someone who just couldnt be bothered to do it (which isnt true most of the time).
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