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Hi everyone! This may be a silly question, but it's one I started thinking about today and I just wanted to clarify my confusion. I am currently a junior planning on taking a gap year before attending medical school. I understand that I would be applying to medical school the summer before my gap year. Therefore, how can I talk about my experiences during my gap year if I haven't done them yet? Just for reference, I am planning on working as an EMT and doing research and was confused how I would be able to talk about my EMT experiences or any publications if I haven't worked as an EMT or published yet.
 
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As long as you start your research and EMT job before you submit your application, you can most definitly include them as experiences. Unfortunately you are spot on -- you won't be able to talk much about those two experiences in your AMCAS since you will only have been involved in them for 1 month or less. You still have a few options though: you can always use those experiences in your secondaries, find ways to mention them during your interviews, send update letters to schools, etc. A good EMT story would be great for interviews!

Now obviously your major publications, thesis, etc. will more than likely not happen before the application cycle is over and interviews / decisions are made. However, if you get the message across to adcoms through any of the ways I mentioned above that you are working towards publications / presentations of your research, that will still look good.
 
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As long as you start your research and EMT job before you submit your application, you can most definitly include them as experiences. Unfortunately you are spot on -- you won't be able to talk much about those two experiences in your AMCAS since you will only have been involved in them for 1 month or less. You still have a few options though: you can always use those experiences in your secondaries, find ways to mention them during your interviews, send update letters to schools, etc. A good EMT story would be great for interviews!

Now obviously your major publications, thesis, etc. will more than likely not happen before the application cycle is over and interviews / decisions are made. However, if you get the message across to adcoms through any of the ways I mentioned above that you are working towards publications / presentations of your research, that will still look good.
Thanks for your clear answer!
 

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