gap year

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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?

    Hello, I'm a current senior looking to take 2 gap years. Unfortunately, due to some personal circumstances and poor planning, I bombed quite a few classes during my sophomore year --- a no-pass for Orgo I, C in Biochem I, and C+ in a Development/Behavior class. Retook the Orgo and Biochem...
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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...
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    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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  11. K

    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...
  14. R

    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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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?
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    Why is taking gap/bridge year(s) so common? Is it necessary to get into more selective med schools?

    I just had my premedical orientation and apparently only 14% of students at my college (which has a huge premed population) go straight to medical school from undergrad. This came as a giant shock to me as I thought that this was the exception rather than the norm? Do most people do this to...
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    What looks better on a resume: scribe vs telescribe vs medical assistant?

    Hello all. I’m taking a two year gap year before applying to medical school and was wondering what would look better on my resume? I was originally looking to be a scribe but with the coronavirus one of the places I applied had a things called telescribing. I was fortunate enough to find another...
  21. scaredcurved

    Seeking advice on which Gap Year Job to take

    Hi everyone! So I'm at a sort of a crossroad and would really value some advice! I'm currently working at an Urgent Care Clinic, in a gap year program. The program itself is great on paper rotating through laboratory assistant, scribe, front desk receptionist, and medical assistant. However...
  22. reaction mechanisms

    COVID-19 vaccine clinical research?

    Is it possible to get any publications out of a clinical research study as a research assistant? I’m very thrilled to be working on a phase III candidate vaccine study for COVID-19 during this gap year (deferred admission for EY 2021) and am really hoping to get some publications out of it. I’m...
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    I'm taking 2 gap years. How can I improve?

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    494 FL 20 days out :( should I wait a cycle?

    Hi everyone, I took the sample AAMC and FL #1 and haven’t passed 500 in either. I feel like I have a pretty good application with some unique experiences, the last thing I was hoping could make it was this score which proved to be much more difficult than I thought. i don’t understand why...
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    What are Some Examples of NonTraditional Ways of Earning Clinical Volunteer Experience?

    For example, does transporting patients with cancer from Site A to Site B count as clinical volunteer experience? This is assuming that the driver is in direct contact with the patients. What are some other examples of gaining clinical exposure that are unheard/unrealized of? This will...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
  31. 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...
  32. 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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    SMP vs Research for Gap Years

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    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...
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    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...
  39. 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...
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    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...