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    Anyone have any insight as to the oldest person to match a neurosurgery residency program? I've read the threads of programs graduating residents in their 40's. Just wondering if anyone has ever started that late, or later.
     

    longhaul3

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      Neurosurgery actually skews older than most, I would say. Lots of PhDs, research years, career changers, ex-military, former bankers, etc. It attracts people with type-A personalities.

      It's not that uncommon to find someone who started residency at 35ish.
       
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        im sure it is uncommon to find people that started neurosurg residency at age 35. It will certainly take a toll on your body to endure this residency in your late 30s as opposed to your late 20s. Neurosurg is an ideal residency for someone who did not take any time prior to matriculating to medical school.

        Im not suggesting that this is the worst idea in the world. But make no mistake there will be significant sacrifice both financially and physically to accomplish this goal. You should know what you are getting yourself into.
         
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          I don’t know the oldest in my program but it was older than I am. I started neurosurgery residency at age 35 completing at age 42. All of the old-timers completed residency. Others did not, either quitting, getting kicked out, or unfortunately even suicide. I am glad I got to spend my 20’s in a more carefree lifestyle rather than within rigors of medical school and residency. While I am 50 now I still love what I do and could not have asked for a better career path. While I wouldn’t want to at this point, even at 50, I feel that I could handle being back in residency…if they paid more. Although I don’t know when I would retire, neurosurgery is lucrative enough and I have been frugal enough to know that I could do so at anytime (and frugal being a relative term as I own multiple vacation homes, exotic cars, go on luxury vacations, etc).
           
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            I don’t know the oldest in my program but it was older than I am. I started neurosurgery residency at age 35 completing at age 42. All of the old-timers completed residency. Others did not, either quitting, getting kicked out, or unfortunately even suicide. I am glad I got to spend my 20’s in a more carefree lifestyle rather than within rigors of medical school and residency. While I am 50 now I still love what I do and could not have asked for a better career path. While I wouldn’t want to at this point, even at 50, I feel that I could handle being back in residency…if they paid more. Although I don’t know when I would retire, neurosurgery is lucrative enough and I have been frugal enough to know that I could do so at anytime (and frugal being a relative term as I own multiple vacation homes, exotic cars, go on luxury vacations, etc).
            Sorry to hijack, I wanted to address you publicly instead of messaging you, but how would I find metrics to base my medical school choice on with the intent of matching into neurosurgery? I've seen which school regularly match into neuro, but I'm not sure if too much weight should be given to it. I'm in Tx. I'll also be around your residency age starting residency.
             

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              I’m not sure there are any good metrics. Lots of changes since I was in the match process…many new DO medical schools, pass/fail Step 1, etc. so it is hard for me to say what would be the best medical school.

              I think the a more important than the particular medical school in getting a match into neurosurgery would be making a good impression on sub-internships and getting outstanding letters of recommendation. To do that you need to show enthusiasm, work hard, be prepared and flexible, but don’t be a kiss-ass or a backstabber.

              Good luck with eh application process. Let me know how I can help.
               
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