Hey. I was wondering whether or not taking a year off to possibly do an ESL gig overseas would affect competitive standing when applying for 2010. I graduated last fall and plan on retaking the MCATs this July. Is the ad board gonna see this as a negative, in terms of dedication to medicine ? Like, to clarify, the earliest my app for the 2009 year could be finished is early july-august. Since with my current MCAT score, I'm not as competitive as I'd like to be, deciding which schools to apply for is getting to be a beech. And then theres the cost to get to the interviews. Some ESL programs I've heard of start in the fall, which'd interfere with interviews. (Although I'm aware that I could get in with a later interview, I believe that'd decrease my chances of acceptance.) So yeah. Also, I'm guessing that med schools aren't cool with phone interviews.