Hello, I am a non-traditional student, will enter residency at age 38. I want to get a surgical residency. A friend of mine says I will be looked down upon, because (1) they will think I am stupid for doing that at my age, and (2) they don't like outsiders (and I guess that will make me an outsider). He immediatly assumed I would be expecting to be treated differently, given less work. This is absolutely not true, as far as I am concerned my age and my kids (who will be in highschool then) are none of their business. But still, this was his immediate reaction. Is this what I should expect? I realize that surgery is "meaner", like the Marines vs. the "wuss" Navy (which I suppose can be paralleled to medicine in the mind of a surgeon). Do I have a prayer in this specialty? I am tough, I know that --already doing 12 and 14 hour days now. Any comments?? Thanks.