2+ Year Member
Aug 19, 2017
I'm a non-trad, non-URM, applicant with relatively average stats and I'm wondering how to move forward with my gap year after being laid off from my part-time job a few months ago. In addition to this job, I have a part-time scribe position, but this doesn't pay well and it was really my other job keeping me afloat in a high-rent area. My main question is, if I left the scribe position, moved back home, and worked landscape/construction to save up for school and some travelling, would I be shooting myself in the foot for next cycle, should I need to reapply?

I'm optimistic about this cycle, but I'm trying to be realistic after looking through the not-so-reassuring AAMC data. I really don't think I have any particular, obvious red-flags in my application to work on over the next year, but I had planned on keeping the scribe job as it would reinforce an interest in medicine and show productivity over the year.

Other options as I see them are to continue to hemorrhage out of my savings while working the scribe job and looking for other part-time jobs that fits my schedule. Getting another position in the area is tough as I could only commit to ~8 months unless I lied about applying to med school. I really feel stuck between a rock and hard place as scribing is something I listed in my application and enjoy, but is essentially costing me money at this point.


2+ Year Member
Jul 16, 2017
Medical Student
Non-trad med student here. I don't think it would be a shot to the foot if you can't afford to live in your current situation. Is that landscape/construction job already promised to you if you move back home? You're allowed to hold a job outside of the medical field, and I think medical schools understand that people need to make a living if they're not going straight from undergrad to med school. It also gives you some life experience outside of standard med stuff. Are there any other job prospects you can apply to? I know you say you don't want to get another position in the area because you can only commit 8 months, but there are no guarantees in life, and what if, worst case scenario, you don't get in this year either?

I took a few years off of school before applying to med school and worked mostly tutoring jobs because they paid well, but I also still continued to volunteer in medically related things on the side. Maybe you can do that too. Work and pick one or two days a week to contribute a few hours to something medical. Volunteering or shadowing.

What makes you skeptical about this cycle based off the AAMC stats? If, for whatever reason you don't get in, look into maybe getting a year long science master's degree and asking med schools what would help you look more competitive to them.
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