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Now that acceptances are coming in, anyone here who took a year off get accepted to a top 20 school?
 

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TexasSnow said:
For clarification purposes, what are the top 20 schools?
I'm guessing top 20 according to US News' research schools ranking.

And I know someone who's in the middle of taking a year off who got accepted MSTP to UT-Southwestern. It's not such a rarity....If anything, at some ["top 20"] schools, I felt more like an outlier for still being in college and applying to med school.
 

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bidster said:
I'm guessing top 20 according to US News' research schools ranking.
well, in that case....

I took time off and got into one (so far) top 20 research school: UT-Southwestern. Personally, I advise people to take time off (as long as you can account for it during the interview!)
 

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Archimedes said:
Now that acceptances are coming in, anyone here who took a year off get accepted to a top 20 school?
No, this never happens. If you are looking to make it happen, though, it might be best not to refer to your time off as a 'glide year.'
 

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If you mean really doing nothing for a year, I have no opinion or answer, but if by gliding you mean not going to school but working at a real job, I can relate to that. I've worked this entire year (no school) and so far have gotten in to two top 20's and 1 top ten. Still waiting to hear from more schools in the next month. :D
 
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DrDarwin, can you elaborate? :(


um glide year = working. probably get a job in a lab or doing some clinical research or something or the other. dunno yet.

reason = 1. bad mcat score 2. I was really confused about whether i wanted to do an MD or Phd or both - couldn't make up my mind really until really my senior year. Now I really really know what I want to do and why, so I feel more secure applying this second round anyway.
 

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For many people, the term "glide year" implies a year of slacking off - maybe only working part time while doing nothing else, or maybe doing less than that - becoming the state's best Halo 2 player, for example. I will apply to medical school the June after my senior year, meaning that I will take a year off. I am very familiar with a few members of an ADCOM at a top 20 school, and they assure me that a year off with good reason will not detract from your application in any way. Good luck :thumbup:
 

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Archimedes said:
DrDarwin, can you elaborate? :(


um glide year = working. probably get a job in a lab or doing some clinical research or something or the other. dunno yet.

reason = 1. bad mcat score 2. I was really confused about whether i wanted to do an MD or Phd or both - couldn't make up my mind really until really my senior year. Now I really really know what I want to do and why, so I feel more secure applying this second round anyway.
I think DrDarwin was being facetious ;)
Tons of people take time off and get into top schools; I know many myself. If anything, it just helps your application (as long as you're not doing absolutely nothing with your time).