Waiting to specialize 4-5 years after graduation bad/good?

stdmufin27

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Hey. So, I haven't even experienced a day as a D1 but I have a post grad question. I know, lame. Anyways, I was wondering how taking the said amount of time, 4-5 years, off from school after graduation to work would affect my chances to specialize?

I understand the importance of GPA, class rank, board scores, extracurricular stuff in the process. I just don't understand how time off after school affects the 4 years of hard work that prepare you to get into a specialty school.
 

armorshell

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I think some specialties (Endo, Pedo) would probably value some experience out in the real world, whereas for others they wouldd just be "neutral" years, neither adding or taking away from you application.