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A year off - When should I apply?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by jinsoojoo, Dec 10, 2001.

  1. jinsoojoo

    jinsoojoo Junior Member

    Mar 29, 2001
    Amherst, MA 01003
    I'm going to take a year off after I graduate and I want to go to med-school after that. Should I apply my senior year and deffer, or should I wait to apply until I will be attending med-school the following fall?
    I appreciate your opinions.
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  3. DesperatelySeekingMD

    DesperatelySeekingMD Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Aug 13, 2001
    I would wait till the following fall. You will be a better candidate once you are out and have a little life experience. Plus you will have more time and patience for the process if you aren't in school. But, if you are planning on going abroad for a year and won't be able to get back for interviews or have a job that is not very flexible then senior year may be better. I have actually am applying during my second year off...and couldn't have made a better choice. Good luck.
  4. EpiII

    EpiII Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Oct 26, 2001
    Not sure what schools you are interested in applying to, but I am sure that not all schools are incredibly flexible when it comes to granting deferrals.

    UCSD said that they were quite liberal in granting one year deferrals, but that is just one school. I would imagine that some other schools would only do so in the case of dire emergencies or really good reasons.

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