Becoming a doctor later in life has surprising benefits. In the beginning, it might not be that easy. It is likely that you have done the calculation: four years for medical school. Then you have to do your residency, which usually takes four to seven years. While this calendar may be appropriate for the ranks of graduates who are packed with MCATs to go straight to medical school, in the event that you are over 30, this prolonged timeframe can give you a break. The fact is that you can look in the mirror and ask yourself, "Am I too old to start a career in the medical field?" Before applying for residential care in lieu of a residency, however, below are some of the few reasons that your ideal time to pursue a career in the medical field is now. 1. You are less affected by emotions Scientific research has shown that emotional intelligence increases with age. The mid-twentieth-century turmoil probably seems a minor change for someone who has taken on a major financial challenge, the adventure of starting a business or educating a child. After surviving some of life's major challenges, you are better prepared for the emotional punch of the MCAT, the rigors of medical school, and the necessary judgment of medical practice. One could argue that one of the "latent" goals of MCAT is to determine which testers can stay fresh without breaking during a 7.5-hour test marathon. A lot of medical schools are also aware of the value of emotional intelligence when accepting non-traditional students. Keeping a clear mind in creepy conditions will, after all, be the key to your doctor's work. 2. You are probably more adept at the CARS section Studies have shown that some older students perform better in the CARS section because they have more experience and maybe a little more suspicious. Therefore, they are not afraid of the heavy pitfalls that abound in this section. The success of CARS is linked to future success in medicine. In fact, some schools place greater emphasis on this section when reviewing applications. As a result of this, it is up to you to use your years of hard-won wisdom to stand out in this difficult section. 3. You may be able to adjust your study plan and avoid graduate studies You may feel that you will need to go through a formal postgraduate program to prepare for the rigorous MCAT requirements and medical college prerequisites. But there may be no need for that. On the off chance that you already have a Bachelor of Science degree and have worked in a related field, such as medical research, you may be able to tailor your studies and complete a do-it-yourself postgraduate program. Many medical schools do not have an "expiration date" on prerequisite. Therefore, you must determine the number of courses you plan to attend for the program you want and continue all courses (or take one at an even higher level) if you are asked to do so. 4. You could integrate very well into the DO program Osteopathic doctoral programs focusing on prevention and holistic care are becoming fully accredited physicians. Although non-traditional minority students are in MD and OD programs, OD programs are more likely than their MD counterparts to accept older students. Applicants in osteopathic programs may be in their 50s or 60s. Following the OD option can be a great way to increase your chances and, in some cases, get in touch with other students who you can share your studies with and your point of view. 5. Patients will see you as more trustworthy and experienced The perpetual plague of being a resident is treated as a young man when trying to project a professional image. Imagine a hearing concern: "Hey, you kid in the white coat, go get a nurse! Here is an emergency! As an elderly resident, nervous patients will probably trust you more. Don't worry about using your age this way properly: patients recognize maturity when they see it, and you will be more confident now than you were in your 20s. Older patients will also open up to you and have a better chance of connecting with them.