I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this question, but here it goes: Most medical schools have special 5-year tracks for students where the 1st year can be completed in two years. As far as I know, there are two kinds of students that might consider this 5-year MD: those that experience academic difficulty and need to "slow down" the first year and those who need more personal time for family, research, etc. If I get admitted into med school, I might opt for a 5-year track to spend more time with my daughter as she grows up. Do residency PDs view a 5-year MD negatively? The 5-year alternative seems attractive at the moment, but not if it's going to make it more difficult later to obtain a residency. Any comments on this? Thanks.