I have recently started to think about doing this. This whole 'year off' wasn't as sweet as it could have been, thanks to AMCAS. I am thinking of working at my current research job until next winter, then taking off and being a bum of some sort (ski, surf, white water rafting... whatever) or doing some traveling. This sounds so awesome because while I am psyched about medical school, I know that my next opportunity to do something like this will be when I am old and gray. I will probably have grandchildren. Some ski bum. Anyway, I know this is kind of difficult to swing. Lots of med schools say 'no way' to deferring. But I also know a few that are all for putting off acceptance in order to do something legit (i.e. my current research job). I think that I could finagle this deal if the school was open to it. To get to the point, I am wondering which schools are relatively open to this. I know of a few who deferred Columbia. I guess the others I am most curious about are UVA, Duke, Cornell, Dartmouth, Stanford and NYU. Anyone heard of people at these schools deferring? But if anyone knows of other schools that accept deferrals that I didn't mention, please post them too! I am sure that at least someone else is having a pre-midlife crisis?!?!?