Mar 20, 2020
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How hard will it be to match into a competitive residence program for someone who is 40 yrs old at the time of the application? Someone who graduated US medical school, assuming other factors same (grades, LOR's etc. )

I am currently 36, interviewing/being interviewed for medical school. I am wondering if I should choose FMAT, family medicine accelerated track, which is a great option for someone confident that FM is right for them. I love FM, but I hate the idea of missing out on other specialties where I might thrive.

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Moving to pre-med.

Honestly, as long as your application is competitive on paper you will be considered for any specialty. There are plenty of other non-FM specialties that are also non-competitive (ie peds, path, some IM programs, etc). So do FMAT if FM is what you're truly passionate about, but if you're not sure then don't--it's that simple.
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