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Since the med school app is already submitted before or in the beginning of a gap year, do you list a gap year activity on the app? How do you let schools know what you have accomplished in that year?
 

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A lot of schools ask you what you're planning on doing in the upcoming year in their secondaries. I assume this could come up during interviews as well. Playing Xbox all day waiting to see if you get interviews probably isn't a good idea.
 
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How do you let schools know what you have accomplished in that year?
A lot of schools ask you what you're planning on doing in the upcoming year in their secondaries. I assume this could come up during interviews as well. Playing Xbox all day waiting to see if you get interviews probably isn't a good idea.
Additionally, update letters detailing productive gap year activities/experiences are always a plus.
 

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If you're not admitted this year, that gap year could make all the difference in the world. On the other hand, the Paul Blart Mall Cop series is second to none. Should probably go watch it right now.
 
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Word are easy, doing is hard, so yes, for those schools that welcome updates, it's important to update.

But I'm always more impressed seeing what you've done, not what you say you're going to do.

Since the med school app is already submitted before or in the beginning of a gap year, do you list a gap year activity on the app? How do you let schools know what you have accomplished in that year?
 

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Word are easy, doing is hard, so yes, for those schools that welcome updates, it's important to update.

But I'm always more impressed seeing what you've done, not what you say you're going to do.
Dont update a new opportunity but an actual achievement.

Not a new involvement with a organization but being named to supervisory or team lead (eg named crew chief on campus ambulance corps)
Not a new lab position but a paper recently accepted for publication or invitation to present at conference.
Being awarded an honor or grant, especially if highly selective or competitive.
If you had taken 2 or more worthwhile courses over the summer that would be "impressive" (eg received As in Genetics and Biochem).
If you had 2 or 3 "typical" events that to happened together (eg became a TA for Organic and started a new research lab).
 
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What about updating because you got a new job, so you had to drop some of your planned activities listed on AMCAS? Should I just update them during interviews?
They really dont care; just note it at interview if it comes up
 
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