SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) Hello everyone, I'm currently a forth year undergraduate student graduating in May. I've been accepted to an allopathic in-state public medical school (Ranked around top 70 I believe, and does not offer a plastic surgery residency). At this point in my life I'm currently leaning towards plastic surgery. I I'm completely aware that ultimately I may decide to pursue another specialty, however, at this point I'm still highly interested in plastic surgery. In addition, I love teaching and science and may want to work in academic medicine once my training is all done. I currently have a great GPA but a lower end MCAT score. Would it be worth it for me to take a year of and attempt to matriculate into a top 20 school next year (retaking the mcat); of course I'd attempt to remain productive during the year off. Would I still be able to land a top residency position at top hospitals with great USMLE scores? Thanks in advance for any advise and recommendations!