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2 gap years, am I screwed?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by galaxyandstars, Sep 24, 2014.

  1. galaxyandstars


    Sep 24, 2014
    Applying in 2015. I graduated in Spring of 2013, then from 2013-2014 I volunteered at a hospital, worked, tried building up my hours, etc. From now to 2015, I'm doing research at a hospital and restudying for the MCAT. I was suppose to apply this cycle but put off my MCAT retake until September and voided (when I shouldn't because I was getting ~30 FL scores). It's too late and I know I won't get in anywhere. I now understand it was such a stupid mistake. So, now I'm getting myself ready to prep for the new MCAT (if need be). I'm continuing w/ my job + shadowing, etc (and have a 3.7 culm GPA).

    Is it bad that I am applying in 2015, even though I graduated in 2013? I obviously will not make the same mistake and submit first day as I am 100% ready, mentally. Sucks that I'll attend med school when I'm like 26 though.

    EDIT: shiz. meant 3 gap years, apparently.
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2014
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  3. Aerus

    Aerus Elemental Alchemist 5+ Year Member

    Apr 20, 2012
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    The average matriculation age is 24-25, so you'd be about average. Congratulations.
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  4. Afford

    Afford 2+ Year Member

    Jul 29, 2014
    No. You're fine. Some people take 20 gap years.
  5. galaxyandstars


    Sep 24, 2014
    I liked your pre-edited response better.. this one's too sassy. :D
    EDIT: I read that as "you'd be ABOVE average". So I take that back.

    Thanks for the response @Afford.
  6. Strudel19

    Strudel19 5+ Year Member

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    There's nothing wrong with taking a second gap year. I know someone who took two years off because he couldn't get in, got in and is set to start a trauma surgery residency. He seems to think that those two years off really didn't matter in the long run.
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  7. Aerus

    Aerus Elemental Alchemist 5+ Year Member

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    We all know someone can come on and say "NU UH WHAT ABOUT 40 GAP YEARS?!" I thought more sass is better. :D
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  8. usmleq

    usmleq 5+ Year Member

    May 4, 2012
    There is no such thing as a trauma surgery residency
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  9. moisne

    moisne 2+ Year Member

    Jan 7, 2014
    No - I took 3
  10. Dr. Retractor

    Dr. Retractor 2+ Year Member

    Jul 11, 2014
    Maybe he meant a fellowship in trauma.
  11. cactus8910


    Jul 8, 2014
    As others have said, taking gap years actually makes you average, and definitely shouldn't hinder you, especially if you've been doing medicine-related things in the meantime. But to be clear, it sounds like you're actually taking 3 gap years, not two, right? If you're not applying this cycle, you won't be matriculating till 2016, which will be 3 years after graduating.
  12. GomerPyle

    GomerPyle 7+ Year Member

    Dec 27, 2007
    No, as long as you did something during meaningful during those years!
  13. Mad Jack

    Mad Jack Critically Caring Gold Donor Classifieds Approved 2+ Year Member

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    I didn't start until 29. No one cares about two little gap years lol.
  14. DoTheTrick

    DoTheTrick 2+ Year Member

    Mar 3, 2014
    Calm down. Gap years are very positive things. The coolest people I've met on the interview trail so far have been nontraditionals, because they have taken the time to grow and gain many amazing experiences, some related to medicine, some not. I took gap years myself and I'm glad I did, because doing that has given me mature experiences to talk about. I've learned a lot from them and hopefully, I'll get to bring what I've learned to my career in medicine.

    Gap years are awesome. Calm down.
  15. NickNaylor

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    As long as you do something productive with that team and, hopefully, can speak about it positively in your application and interviews, your "gap" time will be a huge benefit rather than a detriment to your application. Gap years only become problematic when you stagnate and get nothing done professionally or personally. I always prefer talking with non-traditional students as they generally are more well-informed about medicine and have better explored their interest in becoming a physician than traditional students. Part of that is, I think, the inherent maturity that comes with working "in the real world" and the huge amount of maturation that happens in your early to mid 20s.
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  16. galaxyandstars


    Sep 24, 2014
    Oops, yep, 3 years. Thanks for the wonderful responses everyone :). I wouldn't take back the gap years either. In hindsight, I really wasn't prepared (mentally) to apply end of 3rd year like my gunner peers. These past few years have definitely given me time to grow and such.
  17. NCPremed13

    NCPremed13 2+ Year Member

    Oct 11, 2012
    This. Or at least be able to explain it on secondaries/interviews. You should be fine!
  18. Jennyfishy

    Jennyfishy 2+ Year Member

    Mar 24, 2013
    Most of the people in my class took 1+ gap years with ages that range from 24-39 lol
  19. Aerus

    Aerus Elemental Alchemist 5+ Year Member

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    I hope you aren't implying that people who don't take gap years are gunners.
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