gap year

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    Need advice for gap year job after failing miserably in one lab

    This was originally posted in the Physician-scientist forum, reposting to here for broader viewers. Hey everyone, Hope y'all are having an awesome day. I'm a recent college graduate who just quit my research job and am feeling completely pessimistic about the upcoming application cycle...
  2. GreenThenGone

    Gap year advice for undecided applicant

    Hey everyone! I did three years of biochemistry research during undergrad (1000+ hours), gave a poster presentation, and wrote a thesis. I would receive a very strong LOR from this PI. That being said, I'm taking two gap years between undergrad and med school matriculation (applying in 2023-24...
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    Doing a non-trad masters while applying to med school

    In undergrad, I majored in biomedical engineering. During the year during which I will be interviewing at medical schools, I am considering doing a masters in Computer Science. Will medical schools view this as a lack of commitment to medicine? CS is becoming more and more important in medicine...
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    Question about what ELSE I should do in my gap year?

    Hi all! So to start… Stats and Background • TX, ORM, graduated from T10 state school • cGPA=3.97 sGPA=3.94 • MCAT: The only thing really “missing” from my app • Not sure if I am applying MD-PhD or MD Only Clinical Experience Paid • ER Tech = 2100 hours...
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    Any advice for gap year?

    Hi you all very nice people, I am taking 2 years off and applying during the 2023-2024 cycle! I would like to know if there is anything else I can do to improve my application during this year, especially about the leadership part. My plan wasn't for MD until my Junior year, so everything...
  6. Meisbad

    Gap Year conundrum

    Two roads diverged in yellow wood............. After about 350 applications to be a clinical research coordinator (NYC) I finally got 2 job offers at the same time. I am having a tough time deciding which one to choose, I would appreciate any input! Option 1: Clinical research coordinator 2...
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    Should I take a gap year?

    Hello, I am currently a sophomore, and am planning to apply for 2024 matriculation, meaning I would not take a gap year. I don't currently have any clinical experience, however I will soon start volunteering in a hospice, and I plan on spending this summer volunteering in a hospital and...
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    WAMC? Apply or 2 gap years?

    Hi everyone- I'm having a hard time deciding whether or not to submit an application this cycle or wait until next year. I never thought that I would be in a position where I wouldn't be prepared to apply right after college, but unfortunately after the toll of losing a parent my right before...
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    Apply or another gap year?

    Happy new year everyone! I'm looking for some guidance (again) and figured this would probably be a good place for that. I'll give a short outline of basically what my application would be (minus the PS) and what my dilemma is. GPA Stuff GPA: 3.988 sGPA: 4.000 MCAT: 518 LizzyM: 75.9 WARS: 85...
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    Gap year with any clinical experience

    I am in my third gap year. During my first gap year I did research (along with volunteering as a caretaker), second year, I worked as a medical assistant and clinical research assistant (and volunteered as a caretaker, at a hospital). Now I’m in my third gap year ( 4 months into it) without...
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    How bad is it that I didn’t do anything during the summers of college and don’t have a lot of entries to put for the AMCAS?

    It’s too late to change anything bc I already graduated but I wanted to hear opinions! I didn’t do anything the summers of my college years. Most of my clinical, volunteer and shadowing comes from my two gap years that I’m taking now. People might ask why and it was because I was helping my...
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    Should I Delay Graduation?

    Hey everyone. I posted here a couple months back and got some really good advice, thanks again for that. It's time to register for what will be my final semester starting in January. My plan was to take the MCAT in May and apply immediately after, thus taking a gap year. But not I'm not sure if...
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    Got my first A, should I quit my gap year job right now?

    I'm blessed and thankful to have been accepted to a couple schools a few months into my gap year. I'm now working as a scribe (actually still in training 2+ months in due to a lack of trainer availability) but really don't like it and don't appreciate some scheduling issues that have already...
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    GPA 3.988, sGPA 4.0, MCAT 518, Aiming for T10-T20, Gap year advice needed

    Hi all, Looking for some guidance on what to do moving forward. I’m in my final year of undergrad and recently got my MCAT score back (518). I have an LM 75.9 and WARS 85, conservatively. The 2017 WARS doc gave me an S level rating and recommended I make 45% of my applications to Category 1...
  15. Yoshi39

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    Gap Year Advice - Nursing Assistant (neuro vs trauma?)

    Hi everyone, I'm seeking more clinical experience during my gap year to prepare myself for medical school. Based on feedback from adcoms, I decided to apply for a Nursing Assistant position in a hospital to gain some valuable hands-on patient experience. I interviewed and received job offers...
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    No Solid Gap Year Plans

    Some of the schools I am applying to have the secondary prompt asking about what I am planning to do during my gap year. What if I do not have solid plans but I am interested in some opportunities. Would listing the opportunities I am interested in acceptable?
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    Gap Year Job Help - 3 Opportunities

    Hi everyone, I was hoping to get some help on deciding between 3 opportunities right now based on my long term goals as I can't tell what is the best option and keep going in circles only talking to myself about this. Most of my friends just tell me to take the job offering more money without...
  20. ColZee9

    Too late to apply to NIH post-bacc IRTA?

    Dear SDN, I just graduated in Neuroscience in the top 1% of my class overall (GPA: 3.96). I plan to take 2 gap years and thus plan to apply next cycle. I'll make this brief whilst still giving important context: I put all of my eggs into one basket for this gap year and made it to...
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    Gap Year / Postgraduate Study Plans

    I am having a hard time deciding what to do with my time before applying to medical schools, and would like advice on a few questions. First, some background on myself: I will be graduating in December 2021 with a bachelor's degree in biomedical sciences from a 4 year US institution. I have...
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    Reapplying with a somewhat wasteful gap year

    So last year, I submitted my primary application to 6 DO schools before receiving my MCAT. After getting a lower than expected score and considering the cost of secondaries, I ended up not submitting my secondaries ( I did however email some schools letting them know of my situation and...
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    HELP: Clinical experience vs post-bacc for gap years?

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    Three Gap Years - Disadvantage?

    Hello! I’m worried about taking 3 gap years instead of the 2 gap years that I planned on. I already finished my first gap year. I have an ok GPA (3.8), great ECs, great research, poor clinical hours (40 hrs), and I have not taken the MCAT yet. It’s scheduled for this June, but I will most...
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    gap year advice: clinical research vs. medical assistant/scribe

    I've seen this asked many times before but wanted to be a lil' more specific... I go to Berkeley and study chemical biology (CoC lesgooo), am graduating in three years, spent half of it online. I have: 3.66 GPA have not taken MCAT - will be studying this summer/fall ~400 research hrs on...
  27. J

    Gap Year Predicament

    I graduated in May 2020 and am applying to medical school this upcoming cycle in summer 2021. I took a gap year and have done crisis text line volunteering for 15 hours/week since last April and serving on an events board for a domestic violence shelter. In the meantime, I've also been studying...
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    Gap years: What have you guys done during a 2-3 year gap between undergrad and med school?

    Hi! I'm a current third-year undergraduate student majoring in business/finance while taking prereqs. Very competitive GPA ( near 3.9), High Sci GPA of about 3.8. Multiple translational and clinical research laboratory experiences with a publication submitted as third author. It has pretty...
  29. redeiffel97

    Best Gap Year Options

    Hello! So, I graduated with a BS in Biology last May and I am currently working on completing my MS in Biomedical Science. I'll be finished with that in August, and then I'll be taking 1-2 years off before starting medical school. I am strongly considering an MD/PhD because I love research as...
  30. thehierophant

    Is it worth applying this cycle or taking another year off?

    HELP! I'm having a midlife crisis: I recently graduated UC Berkeley as a biochem major and was planning on applying to MD and MD/PhD programs this upcoming cycle. I have been worried bc I don't have a lot of clinical hours-I spent a lot of time doing research and TA-ing for classes. I'm...
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    Switching to premed junior year - one or two gap years to build ECs?

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    National Health Corps for Gap Year

    Hello! I’m interested in pursuing National Health Corps for my gap year experience. If anyone’s been through it or knows anything please let me know if you have the answers to the following questions. 1) I wanted to take two gap years, but I know the National Health Corps program is just 10.5...
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    Gap Year Help

    Hello. I am a Food and Nutritional Science student with one semester left looking to apply to dental school in the future. My cGPA is a 3.12 and my sGPA is about a 2.83. With that being said I know that I need some sort of record-enhancing program to make my gpa more competitive. However, I...
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    Need advice: Bad grades, post-bacc, gap year

    Hi everyone happy new year! Looking for advice on how to spend my gap year(s), fixing holes in my app, and if this post-bacc plan is good. One main issue is grades, especially sGPA, so thought I'd do a post-bacc in my city? The undergrad classes this post-bacc offers are mostly classes I've...
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    Bad Grades + Post-Bacc + Gap Year Advice

    Hi everyone happy new year! Looking for advice on how to spend my gap year(s), fixing holes in my app, and if this post-bacc plan is good. One main issue is grades, especially sGPA, so thought I'd do a post-bacc in my city? The undergrad classes this post-bacc offers are mostly classes I've...
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    Best 20K Car for accepted MD

    Graduated undergrad this year. 21yo. Working full time at a gap year job that’s paying ~50k/yr. So far this cycle I’ve thankfully gotten 2 acceptances so I’ll be starting school next year! Want to get a decent car for myself for around 20k and I’m stuck between a used Audi A6 or a used Camaro...
  37. Anti_Markovnikov

    WAMC - School List Help 508 3.47c 3.43s URM

    cGPA: 3.47 sGPA: 3.43 MCAT: 508 (128/126/128/126) State of residence - Florida URM - Puerto Rican Low Tier State School Clinical Experience - 330 hours of volunteering at my local hospital at the Emergency Department Research Experience - 1000 hours of research, 4 posters Shadowing experience...
  38. LindaAccepted

    Medical How This Premed Student Got Accepted to Medical School Early

    Med applicant Mary Thomas shares her path to medical school acceptance early in this year’s application cycle [Show summary] Mary Thomas will begin her medical school studies next summer after receiving an exceptionally early acceptance in October. She shares how she achieved that early...
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    Gap year after residency

    Can you take a year off after medical residency in the us? And then start working or do a fellowship? Or would that badly affect your career?