gap year

  1. A

    Gap year?

    I need advice. I have a 3.45 cGPA and a 3.12 sGPA. I have really good EC's ranging from scribing, medical assistant to volunteering at free clinics and at religious institutes. The only thing I didn't take is the MCAT. I feel like in order to have any chance this cycle I have to take the MCAT by...
  2. G

    How do I best stay academically active during gap year(s)?

    I am just finishing up my undergraduate degree, and I will have at least 2 years before I enter medical school. For the next year, I will be completing a clinical internship and I am trying to figure out the best way to keep my "learning brain" active, as I know it's hard to get back into being...
  3. D

    COVID-19, Apply next year?

    The original thought process I had (and shared with my schools’ diversity program contact) was to get more clinical and non-clinical volunteering hours in my gap year (January to July 2021) and get a solid MCAT score on May 21st. Now with COVID-19, the volunteering/shadowing is on hold until...
  4. J

    Gap Years and LORs

    Hi everyone! So I'm planning on applying to enter medical school in 2022. I'm finishing undergrad now (class of 2020) and am trying to plan out my app cycle. If I am asking several professors for LORs but I'll be out of school for a year by the time I actually need them for my application...
  5. K

    How do medical schools view non-traditional gap year jobs?

    Hi everyone. I am going into my second gap year and am applying for the next cycle. I have scribed and worked in research along with all of the other typical pre-medical/gap year jobs. I am moving to another state and am not looking for another $10-$15 per hour job. I was recently offered a job...
  6. pillowfighty

    What to do during gap year with COVID19

    Hello, I took a gap year starting January of 2020 in order to gain some experience and save up some money for moving costs related with transferring from my community college to a university. Unfortunately, with the current pandemic going on and my state being on lockdown, there are no...
  7. R

    Cannabis Medicine Lab Tech for Gap Year?

    If I were offered a good paying position with a company like this for my gap year, would this be weird/at all controversial to mention to medical schools? The lab techs do test such as: cannabinoids, pesticides, terpenes, residual solvents, mycotoxins, and microbial impurities. This may be a...
  8. M

    Changing positions during gap year - bad for application??

    So I am currently working in clinical research with a company I have been with for 7 months. Although I really enjoy the work and patient population, the position has raised some concerns for me and I don't feel like I am being challenged or my skill sets are being utilized. I am also...
  9. P

    Seeking advice on gap year plans

    I am currently a 4th year undergrad with a 3.38 cGPA/3.06 sGPA. I've worked as a medical assistant for over a year now and have a lot of clinical/volunteer experience with underserved communities for 2.5 years (also volunteer as a scribe here). I was in one research lab for a year and then...
  10. M

    Year off before residency

    ***long post** Hello, I'm a final year medical student in a Canadian medical school. I'm 24 years old and am in an accelerated program. I am have interest in Medical genetics, IM and possibly psychiatry, having applied in all three. Due to family obligations and partially to the fact that I got...
  11. A

    SMP vs Research for Gap Years

    Hi! This is my first time posting so pls let me know if I'm in the wrong forum I know there are a couple threads out there about this (and the general consensus seems to be that a full-time research position may be better than SMP for MD-PhD applicants), but I think my situation is a little...
  12. A

    512 MCAT, 3.5 GPA, What do you think of my app?

    cGPA: 3.5 sGPA: 3.35 *grades have extreme upward trend, first 2 semesters I had a 2.7 and 2.8 respectively, greatly increased GPA after freshman year with 3.7-4.0 average* MCAT score: 512 (127/127/129/129) State of residency: Michigan Ethnicity: White Undergraduate institution: University of...
  13. A

    to take another gap year?

    Here's what I have so far: Undergrad Major: Health Education cGPA: 3.83 sGPA: 3.71 I have not taken the MCAT yet - I plan on taking in March 2020. My story - I went through most of college being pre-PA and switched a few weeks before I graduated. In undergrad, I completed all of the...
  14. R

    2 gap years just to travel?

    Hey everyone, I’m currently a 4th year undergraduate student who switched from pre-dental to pre-medical this past summer! I have been debating on taking 1 vs 2 gap years for a while as I have not had the chance to take the MCAT yet due to switching to pre-medical so late in the game. If I...
  15. G

    In a Pickle: Advice on low GPA, Masters, and gap year?

    Hello, I am an undergrad junior who would really appreciate some advice. Due to a combination of personal reasons, I did very poorly (an average of B's and C's) on multiple courses in sophomore year, many of them prereqs such as Orgo and Biology. I currently have a GPA of ~3.4, an sGPA of even...
  16. P

    What to do in Gap Year(s): Masters/SMP or Work?

    I am graduating a year early and am planning on taking two gap years before (hopefully) matriculating into medical school. I am currently deciding between applying to some kind of master's or special masters program (not looking for post-bacc) or working. Ideally, I would be working in clinical...
  17. Wayfinder

    Planning in case of Reapp: improvement?

    Hey, guys, I need help with my reapplication game plan if this cycle doesn't pan out. I didn’t submit my secondaries until Labor Day weekend. Next time, I need to get my primary and secondaries out earlier (June and July respectively), and the quality of my secondary essays could have been...
  18. BradyJV

    Considering an online, one-year masters in nutrition during my gap year

    Hello, everyone. Long story short - My grades, LOR's, extracurriculars, etc should be decently competitive for medical school and wouldn't use this masters in a way to try to "boost" my application. I decided to pursue medicine after dietary and lifestyle changes that helped me tremendously. I'm...
  19. M

    Gap-year options for MD schools??

    PLEASE READ TILL THE END AND HELP ME!! Hey guys I would really REALLY appreciate any advice in my very specific stressful situation! I'm going to keep this short so I can get as much advice as possible! Basically, I started college at 17, I was at this school for 2.5 years, I partied a lot and...
  20. M

    Help Deciding what to do during Gap Year!!

    Hi! I desperately need help/advice choosing what to do during my gap year. I just graduated college in May this year and am planning to apply to Medical School next year in 2020. I'm currently working as a part time medical assistant/scribe in a private dermatology clinic. For my other days of...
  21. A

    Masters Program for IMGs

    Hello, I'm a final year foreign medical student interested in applying to the US for residency. I have a gap year before residency starts. I want to make use of the time so one of the things I am considering is a Masters program in the US. Do you know anything about that? Is it a good idea...
  22. N

    Help Deciding Gap Year Position

    Hi all, I was hoping some people could offer some advice. I have two offers for a gap year position. Offer 1 is as an assistant in a medical clinic that deals with lymphatic disorders. I would be working with the physician and involved in direct patient care. Offer 2 is as a TMS technician at a...
  23. F

    Taking a gap year before transferring

    Hello lovely people. So I'm a junior transfer and due to my current situation, I may have to take a year off to earn money for my education. I recently came across Americorps and it would be the perfect opportunity to serve, make a bit of money and maybe even use any free time I have to study...
  24. N

    How do gap years work?

    I am currently thinking about doing a gap year. I want to take the MCAT my senior year after studying all summer. I want to apply to medical schools at the end of my senior year. Once i graduate does what I do (scribing, research, etc) during that extra year even matter since my applications...
  25. M

    Gap Year Ideas: Should I do a post-bac/SMP?

    Advice please! I am not applying this cycle; I will be applying next cycle. Undergrad- Tulane University (graduating May 2020) Hometown- Ft. Lauderdale, FL Major- Neuroscience Minor- English cGPA- 3.3... I had an awful semester during the fall of my junior year (first time officially being...
  26. shinebright

    What should I focus on in senior year of college, if I plan on taking a gap year with low gpa/EC's?

    This school year; 2019-2020 is my last year of undergrad. I've decided to take a gap year after college so I can improve my application. My gpa and EC's are quite low and I am planning on taking the MCAT later this year. What should I focus on this year to increase my chances of being accepted...
  27. R

    Gap year: live somewhere I’ve always wanted or Spanish speaking country?

    Hello, I wanted to ask for some opinions. I’m taking a gap year and am currently looking into applying to programs and jobs abroad. I figured this might be my only chance to do this while I’m young, and I’d love to experience living in a foreign country for a year. I will mainly be pursuing...
  28. S

    Should I take another gap year before applying?

    Hi this is my first time posting here. I struggled with writing my PS and took 2 months to write it and now I have it done but I think it's below average(if you can take a look at it that would be great). And I think it is kinda late to apply at this time. I am also a non-canadian international...
  29. E

    Deciding Gap Year Job?

    I know this isn't necessarily a brand new question, but I'm struggling to pick between two job offers I have for my gap year. I just graduated and submitted primaries for the 2020 cycle, so in the one year before med school I sought out different jobs. I ended with a fulltime offer from...
  30. L

    Gap Year Advice???

    Hi, everybody! I’m currently an College Senior that will graduate next May and I am nearing a decision that I won’t be able to apply for Vet school this cycle due to a low Cumulative GPA and Veterinary Experience so I’m looking for advice that if anyone took a gap year after undergraduate. -...
  31. M

    Gap Year Advice

    Hi! I just graduated college, I ended with a cGPA of 3.36 and sGpa of 3.2 Now I know my stats aren't amazing, but I would rather focus on the mcat so that's why I didn't really consider doing a PostBacc since I know I am the type of student who can't do classes and mcat prep all the same time...
  32. doglova

    Toxic work environment sickly little girl help

    *deleted
  33. N

    Another MS or Work?

    Hello! So I applied to dental schools this year. At the moment, I am on one waitlist for Nova Southeastern University's School of Dentistry. I'm trying to figure out what to do next year on the chance that I don't get into their dental school. I'm about to meet with an academic advisor from my...
  34. A

    Tufts MBS vs. Rush Biotechnology MS (can anyone give pros and cons on either)?

    Tufts MBS or Rush MS in Biotechnology? Why?
  35. Y

    Deciding on an SMP

    Hello! I recently submitted apps to 5-6 different SMPs, and I just got into two. The reason I'm doing an SMP is to boost my academic records during my gap year after undergrad (cGPA: 3.48, hopefully 3.55 by the time I get my bachelors; sGPA 3.3, MCAT 499). I have roughly 100 hours of shadowing...
  36. A

    Graduating soon with no EC's, feeling late in the game

    Hi everyone, I was hoping some advice could give me better perspective. I'm about to graduate with my BA in Biochemistry, and I've been having conflicting feelings. I was excited to volunteer at the beginning of this school year, but the training was so lacking and the environment so toxic that...
  37. Kobethegoat24

    When should I apply?

    So I am conflicted with when to apply. My stats: 3.88 cGpa, 3.90 sGpa, I unfortuntely have close to 0 volunteer and literally 0 shadowing hours. I am studying for the DAT right now and I am close to ready to take the test. I am averaging above 20 for almost all the sections except general...
  38. F

    GAP YEAR HELP

    I am a senior in college and will be graduating in May. I want to apply to dental school this summer. I took the DAT last summer and didnt do as well as I wanted to (18 AA). So I decided to take the test again this summer and then apply. This would mean that I will have a gap year. I just cant...
  39. Bohr_

    Gap year Job (Lab tech at dental school or Job in industry)

    I am a senior and I have been planning to take a gap year before dental school for as long as I can remember. I thought it would be a good opportunity to save some money and recharge before the rigors of dental school. I have a light load this semester and plan on taking the DAT in June an...
  40. D

    What to do during Gap Year?

    Hello guys! I would love if I could get any advice on what I should do during my gap year. I narrowed down what I would want to do to two activities: volunteering as a high-school advisor or being a dental assistant. As an advisor I would volunteer my time as as Americorps Vista volunteer. I...