Hi guys! I'm trying to figure out my "long term plans" and how they include med school. I'm getting to a point where I'm going to have to start making some decisions, and I was wondering if you guys had some advice! My background: graduated from Duke in 2004. Double major in Hindi and Biology, dean's list w/distinction every semster after my freshman year (orgo as a freshman...I've had better ideas.). 36 MCAT, volunteer EMT, Howard Hughes scholar. After I graduated I got recruited to join an Olympic Training program. I train 5-6 hours a day with the national team and have been doing that for two years now. Going to med school now is not an option- we're travelling constantly and are out of the country for weeks at a time. 2007 is a big year for the team with our Olympic qualification and World Championships/qualifiers. My coach also wants to send some of us abroad next year to play regular seasons with teams in Europe. I really want to do this for a year or two (or more if it goes well) IJ expect to be playing overseas until 2009 or so, at which point I will definitely be a "non-trad" which I'm fine with. At the same time, since I've been training so much, there isn't much time to do other things. I still have to work because we don't receive enough athlete support to live off of, so I teach MCAT classes for Kaplan and do some assistant work for a law firm. Not much philanthropy to squeeze in a 16/18-hour day. Am I going to have to re-do coursework? If I go abroad for a few years, should I try and take science classes in universities there? My coach got a master's degree when he played overseas in France (he's since completed a PhD), and most likely I can get this paid for as part of a contract, if it is worthwhile. Not sure how med schools will feel about coursework in foreign universities. I don't want to have to come back to the US and take another year or two of classes here, further delaying my application til I'm 90. I was a strong applicant as an undergrad- how much is taking this time off to pursue my sport and Olympic career going to screw me over? Am I going to have to start from scratch?? Will I have to come back here and re-do all of my classes just because it has been a while? I'm resolved to the fact that I will have to retake the MCATS (which is fine since I've been teaching them anyway), but my coursework falling out of date worries me, as does my lack of philanthropy/volunteer work. Advice? thoughts? Thanks!!!!