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Hi there, so I've been offered a place in a grad med course at the ripe old age of 32. I was over the moon, until I stumbled across a thread regrading grad meds, where they were advising a GEM student that they will never be able to become a consultant or surgeon. I'm not sure I understand this - will I be rejected from certain specialties because of my age? Surgery is what I wanted to go into and I'm feeling very disheartened
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Hi there, so I've been offered a place in a grad med course at the ripe old age of 32. I was over the moon, until I stumbled across a thread regrading grad meds, where they were advising a GEM student that they will never be able to become a consultant or surgeon. I'm not sure I understand this - will I be rejected from certain specialties because of my age? Surgery is what I wanted to go into and I'm feeling very disheartened
Of course you won't be rejected because of your age, that would be discrimination.

What you may find is, by the time you're reaching speciality training your age slightly influences your priorities. I.e. you may want to avoid the brutal hours that come with surgery, or want a slightly more family friendly speciality. But it will be your choice, not one that is made for you. If you want to be a surgeon then go for it!
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I've worked with large numbers of graduate entry medics who went on to surgical training - my wife is one of them. No you're not too old. The only problem that my wife has encountered is that people frequently think she is the surgical consultant during ward rounds (instead of the SHO).
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...I stumbled across a thread regrading grad meds, where they were advising a GEM student that they will never be able to become a consultant or surgeon....
Where's that? Can you please link it? I would love to read the responses. (Please don't bump it though!)

And as @ForestCat said - the reason why many graduate entry doctors tend to enter GP training is because of the length of training and work-life balance. It shouldn't be a deterrant though.

In many competitive specialties, multiple reapplication (+/- gap years +/- further education) means that the age is similar anyway (I have a neurosurgical friend who's one year more junior than me, who's 46 years old).
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And as @ForestCat said - the reason why many graduate entry doctors tend to enter GP training is because of the length of training and work-life balance.
And because it is totally the best specialty in the whole of medicine!!
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I work in theatres and can honestly say its got nothing to do with age as a limiting factor. I've met those in specialist training well above the age of where they'd be if they simply went after school. What you do find, and its exactly Forestcat is saying, your priorities shift and the buzz of being called in at daft o'clock in the morning for some surgical emergency soon passes. Work life balance is a big factor when it comes to deciding on a speciality or general career path. I'm starting at 30 and thought I would want to be an orthopaedic surgeon, primarily because it interests me and there's an aspect of immediate reward i.e the bone was broke, now its fixed. But when I looked in to it, consultant jobs in Ortho are very competitive because of its popularity and close links with private work, which means I would spend 5-7 years training and spending my own time padding my CV. Instead what I would rather do, is work in a speciality like Anaesthetics, whereby if you're not a total danger, the supply and demand is well and truly in your favour. So I would spend my free time playing with my kids and going on holiday.Neither career option is blocked off by my age, and either way I would be a surgeon/consultant.
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Where's that? Can you please link it? I would love to read the responses. (Please don't bump it though!)

And as @ForestCat said - the reason why many graduate entry doctors tend to enter GP training is because of the length of training and work-life balance. It shouldn't be a deterrant though.

In many competitive specialties, multiple reapplication (+/- gap years +/- further education) means that the age is similar anyway (I have a neurosurgical friend who's one year more junior than me, who's 46 years old).
Hey there, it wasn't a thread on TSR - it was in a different forum for med students/practitioners. That's a good point; many people do switch lanes within their medical career which means they might come to their specialty later even if they started med school early. I know GP is always an option, however, I have no kids and from now on, meeting anyone/starting a relationship is going to be impossible, so the sky's the limit I suppose! Thank you
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Thank everyone, you've all reassured me a lot! I have no family and no plans to have one, so if that's my only barrier, then I'll be ok. I was worried that I'd be flat out rejected from pursuing surgery because of my age, but have done a lot of research, I see that's not the case, even though I'm sure my age will be considered!
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Thank everyone, you've all reassured me a lot! I have no family and no plans to have one, so if that's my only barrier, then I'll be ok. I was worried that I'd be flat out rejected from pursuing surgery because of my age, but have done a lot of research, I see that's not the case, even though I'm sure my age will be considered!
There really isn’t a way to consider your age in the application process.

But probably getting used to people saying ‘are you sure’ and reminding you about the hours etc when you say you want to do surgery (but lots of us get that about various specialities).
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