Again, my gender is the bigger issue -- I'm just concerned my age, degree, race, etc. may add more reason for patients to distrust me. I've already been told on forums that at 19, I am too immature to start medical school. Not to mention isn't the average age of a new doctor 28?
I wouldn't let that be a factor. If anything, every year you delay having a doctorate/finishing residency, it's one year less of attending salary. Realistically this is all about $$$ and career opportunities.