General surgeon in home country

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General surgeon in home country

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Hi all,
I'm a surgeon in my home country and plan to come to the US. I have obtained permanent status (permanent resident) so I don't need to apply for a visa. I completed my residency (outside US) directly after med school (outside US). I'm considering coming to the US, but the residency programs look extremely competitive. I have a few questions:
1. Will my age lessen my chances of getting into a program (I'm 32)?
2. Does the fact that I have already completed a residency in surgery make my application look better than others. Will that give me MUCH of an advantage over others??
3. Will I have to re-do an entire 5 year residency in surgery, or is there a way to "skip" some years.
4. What route do u recommend I take. In what order should/must I do things, in terms of residency, observership, fellowship, internship, externship, etc.

Any other tips/help welcome. ☺☺

Thanks in advance.

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