1. B

    Mid Application Cycle + Gap Year Advice (Feeling Stuck)

    Hey SDN community! Hope everyone is enjoying the end of year festivities. It has been quite some time since I've last posted and life has surely moved on since then. Right now I'm in the middle of an applicant cycle for MD. There was an issue in my university in regards to getting a...
  2. D

    Gap year between Prelim-Advanced on J1

    Hello community! As the title says, I am IMG on J-1 visa finishing my preliminary year in June, matched to an advanced program that starts on July 2022. Eventually, I’m having a gap year, maybe will spend this time in my home country? idk. The question is: -Can this year off-residency affect...
  3. Asclepius293

    Job Ideas for a MD with a year off before residency?

    Hey all, Had to take some time off for a family health crisis and am now graduating on a weird timeline. I'll basically finish my requirements a few months after my classmates and will be left with almost a year off while I apply to residency next cycle. Anyone know of any jobs I could get...
  4. ripbabwe

    Withdrawing Application?

    Hi guys! I am a third year predental undergrad, so traditionally I should be applying to dental school this month. I have recently been thinking about taking a gap year though, for the purpose of making sure that dentistry is without a doubt the career I want for the rest of my life. I have been...
  5. O

    Need Advice!

    Hi everyone, I am a little confused on what to do next with my life. I applied this previous cycle and got one interview with an 18AA and a 3.21 oGPA and a 3.0sGPA. Over the past year (my senior year) I was able to raise my oGPA to a 3.39 and my sGPA to a 3.1. I am planning on reapplying right...
  6. whothat0

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

  7. D

    Pre-MSTP Post-Bac research options?

    Hi all, I am trying to do some research into post-bac programs to do during my gap year leading up to an MSTP application. I know about the NIH IRTA post-bac option but I was wondering if anyone on here knew of any other opportunities. I like the idea of a post-bac over lab tech or research...
  8. maybeapedsdoc22

    Gap year vs acceptance to very expensive school

    I was accepted to Midwestern University AZ, which although I am happy about, I also am not happy with their >$110,000 COA per year. That is an INSANE tuition amount and id easily be in $500,000 in debt coming out of school. That being said, should I try to retake the DAT and maybe hope for a...
  9. G

    What to do during gap year?

    Greetings SDN Community, I am currently a senior at a public 4-year state school and have an anticipated graduation date of May 2019. I plan on taking the MCAT right upon graduation and would like to use my gap year to pay off student loans (private + fed) and gain more clinical/research...
  10. Franzliszt1

    Where on AMCAS do I write gap year plans?

    Hello all, Thanks for taking time to answer me, I just graduated and I'm applying this cycle for 2019. Is anyone else wondering how they will communicate on their application what they plan to do during their gap year? If there is a place on AMCAS I don't see it. I've taken a job as a scribe...
  11. Pebble Wrestler

    M.S. versus Semester off

    Hello! So I am in a somewhat unique circumstance in that I have been accepted to WVU SoM (incoming MS1 in Fall 18) during the 2nd year of a PhD program with the intention of transferring from MD --> MD/PhD during MS2. However, after much thought and deliberation I have decided against obtaining...
  12. J


    Hello! im a predental student graduated just this past semester of Fall 2017. DAT score: Bio 14/18 Orgo 20/19 Chem 22/20 PAT 15/17 MATH 18/17 Reading 18/16 aa: 18/18 science average: 18/19 overall avergage 3.4 science average: roughly 2.7/2.8 i know my DAT isnt amazing. i know my sciecnce...
  13. G

    Feeling bad for taking so many gap years

    I graduated December 2016 and don't plan on applying until 2019. I'll be 25 (almost 26) by the time I enter med school in 2020. Is anyone else taking this much time off from school, and if so, what are you doing during these years? I was hoping someone could shed some light on what it's like...
  14. Kobethegoat24

    Should I consider medical school

    So I am a junior with 3.79 GPA and after summer semester will most likely have a 3.84 GPA. My science GPA is 3.9. I have been working my A** off for the past 3 years to become a pharmacist but was stupid and didn't research the job outlook. I am now thinking of switching to a different field...
  15. P

    Gap year job choice in case I have to reapply next cycle?

    Hello! I am thinking about what kinds of jobs I want to apply for during my gap year. There is a special needs assistant teaching position that I am pretty qualified for and likely to get, but I was wondering if a more medically relevant gap year job would be a better choice in case I have to...
  16. D

    3.92 GPA, 514 MCAT, NonTrad applicant School List?

    Hi guys! I am having trouble deciding on what schools to apply to. 514 MCAT, 128/126/131/129 Two gap years to explore research Two years of research in undergrad, 2 publications 100+ hours of shadowing 100+ hours of community service Two years of TA in orgo and tutoring in biology and...
  17. KCraig

    Best job during a gap year?

  18. KCraig

    What is the key to a successful gap year?

    Hi friends! I will likely be applying in the 2018 application cycle. Needless to say, I have a gap year. I'm looking forward to it, and I was hoping to get some feedback from people who have had a similar situation. What did you do during your gap year that strengthened your application...
  19. KCraig

    Please help: Is a second gap year necessary?

  20. RogueBanana

    For those taking a gap year

    Weird question but here it goes: Do you guys feel as though you aren't as sharp as you were when you were in undergrad? Maybe it's because I don't have anything to really study for and apply myself to, but I just feel like I'm not as "sharp" or quickwitted. I wish I had something to study for...
  21. C

    Preparing for Rotations after Gap Year? 3 Months to Go. What Do?

    Hello, I am finishing up my gap year (research) and will be returning to 4th year in about 3 months. By this time it will have been an entire year since my last rotation (psych :/) I will be starting my first sub-i on inpatient Internal Medicine. Does anyone know of the best ways in which to...
  22. H

    Research or Scribing for Gap Year? Advise Please and Thank you.

    Hello Physicians and Future Physicians, First some background regarding my situation right now so you can better answer my question and/or vote in my poll (although, I would really apprecite if you stated the reason for voting the way you did): Just graduated from the University of Notre Dame...
  23. Ajshsj

    Gap in attendance dates

    Hi, I would like to inquire about whether having a gap in attendance dates (taking a semester, two semesters, or quarters off) would impact my admissions into pharmacy programs. Thanks for reading
  24. Ajshsj

    Gap in attendance dates

    Hi, I would like to inquire about whether having a gap in attendance dates (taking a semester, two semesters, or quarters off) would impact my admissions into pharmacy programs. Thanks for reading
  25. L

    Should I do an SMP

    I'm a little concerned about what I should be doing for my 2nd gap year and I heard a little about SMPs but I'm not really sure. Here are my stats: -Biology major 3.3cGPA 3.4scGPA from a top 20 University -MCAT in 2015 500 (yes I know), retake in 2016 507 -Graduated this May and am currently...
  26. newyorkcity8

    When To Apply To Med School If Gap Year?

    --Hey guys! New to the forum :) -- I am a rising undergrad senior and am planning for a gap year to undertake more research, volunteering, shadowing, ... My question is, how will the medical schools I apply to come next summer know that I have gathered all of this relevant experience during my...
  27. R

    Gap Year Ideas?

    I recently graduate from undergrad with the intention of working at a dental office for the duration of my gap year. Well.... plans kinda fell through very last minute sadly and now I've kinda frantically been trying to figure things out this whole summer. Does anyone know of any gap year...
  28. K

    Applying to Medical School and Gap Year...when are interviews?

    So I haven't been able to receive a straight answer on some of my questions, so I decided I would give it a shot here. I will be graduating next May (2017), applying to medical school, and then spending a year in Ecuador at a clinic. NOW....assuming that I apply in May/June since I have...
  29. dtt9412

    What's the Best Path forward for me during my gap year?

    Long story short I graduated last month from Boston University with a BA in biology and a terrible GPA by med school admission standards (horrible sophomore year - had some personal issues I was dealing with and didn't put in the effort- brought my GPA down a ton and I ended up graduating with a...
  30. Q

    Two years off after undergrad - Same lab or NIH?

    Hi all, I'm taking 2 years off between undergrad and MD-PhD programs. I've been offered a paid research position in my current lab for these 2 years. During this time, I would be working on an independent research project that is different from the research I did in undergrad. Alternatively...
  31. M

    NIH Postbac IRTA

    I just got invited for an interview at the NIH for the Postbac research program. I know this is a great opportunity and all, but I wanted to ask if anyone on this thread has been involved in it or knows someone who was - how was the social life? I'm from Bethesda originally (went to college...
  32. T

    Gap Year

    I was prepared to go into dental school come this fall but things took a turn for the worse in my life. Now I'm back in the trenches, so to speak. I've already done a master's program and have no intention of doing any more post-bacc stuff. I've got a job lined up as a dental assistant and...
  33. S

    Time Off, or No Time At All?

    Currently choosing between two programs, one of which starts immediately (during my last spring semester in undergrad actually), and the other leaves a 7-month gap time, starting the following January. Just wondering what kind of jobs students get or what people may do in waiting out an awkward...
  34. G

    People who have taken a gap year before dental school?

    Hi everyone, Can anyone who has experience taking a gap year offer me some ideas on what I should do in my gap year, how to go about it, and if there any helpful links pertaining to the job/volunteer/experience I can fill my gap year with - that would be much appreciated!!! You don't have to go...
  35. R

    Gap Year- Financial Aid

    I am considering taking a gap year between undergrad and med school and am currently dependent on FAFSA loans. I was wondering how the gap year effects my student loans. I understand that I need to start paying after 6 months out of school, but when I reenter medical school do my undergrad loans...
  36. YungGeezy

    Gap Year

    Didn't initially plan on taking a gap year after graduation before starting med school but after talking to an advisor I realized that an extra year would really help boost my resume and increase my chances of getting in. I'm graduating in spring and of course want to work in the med field in...
  37. J

    Master of Medical Science in Immunology at Harvard University

    Hello all, This is my first SDN post (or at least my first in a long while), so I apologize if this has already been posted elsewhere and I did not see. I'm a senior neuroscience major at a state school with below average stats (~3.45 sGPA, 507 MCAT). I have decided to take a gap year in...