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An effective gap year


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Apr 1, 2016
  1. Pre-Medical
    Hello everyone! I am currently a week from graduating college and will be taking my MCAT for the first time this fall and applying next cycle. I have done research all of my undergraduate carrier and keep being encouraged to pursue a research post-bac or some similar position for the mean time by my professor for income. But I feel like I have enough research experience but no clinical experience at all. Is it ideal to keep it safe and stick to what I know, or find different opportunities to have a more diverse application? I was wondering how everyone else is using their gap year?
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  • Jan 4, 2016
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    1. MD/PhD Student
      I managed to squeeze in a semester of ER volunteering my Sophmore year, but have not had any other opportunities due to my schedules since then.

      Then your best bet would be to get a full-time job (research or otherwise) and start building up those volunteer & shadowing hrs on the weekends. Oh yea, and study for that MCAT.
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      Mar 30, 2014
      1. Medical Student
        I agree with the post above: get a job (if it is in research, great, if not, great) and volunteer. A lack of volunteer/clinical experience is a red flag in any application. Make sure you get those hours up to a reasonable level by the time you apply.
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