You're certainly an older candidate but also not the oldest we've helped match to a residency in the U.S. (who was in his 60s). There's a lot you can do to encourage programs to consider your candidacy positively. Certainly getting experience as a nurse will help. So will getting clinical experience (e.g., externships) in the U.S. You'll need at least one strong LOR from a U.S. doctor and the strongest scores possible on the USMLE. In addition to Step 1 and Step 2 CK, try also to take Step 3 before you apply, if you can. What are other things you can do? In your work as a nurse, in your clinical experience in the U.S. (when you get it) and in all your communications (conversations, emails, interviews, etc.), show you have a contagiously positive, team-first attitude who works well with people of all ages, backgrounds and position (i.e., from medical students all the way up to the department chair, and all medical staff). Show you are someone everyone else wants to be around.
Originally Posted by Rawan1203
I graduated from med school in 2011, so I am an old img grad. I live in Canada/am Canadian citizen, so I don't have any American clinical experience so far. I've only passed cs so far, and I need to finish step 1 and step 2 ck before 2021, otherwise my cs will expire. I am studying nursing now in Canada since matching here is really hard too. My plan is to finish nursing and start working as a nurse while keeping applying for residency both in Canada/US. For US, is it critical to have reference letters from American doctors? Since Nclex is the same test both Canada/US, I am thinking if I finish the usmle before 2021, then I will give myself one more opportunity to be a doctor (since if i pass nclex, I could possibly work in US in future)? Do I still have chance to match in US in the future considering that I am an old grad? I am hoping my nursing experience will help since I have direct patient contact. Advice anyone? Thank you!