I am planning to go back to my homeland after almost 8 years of being in the US to see my ailing grandfather. He is really the muse for why I want to be a physician, and I am afraid he may not have enough time. Not seeing him before anything bad *could* potentially happen scares me. My question is this--when is the best time to take a month off during application season? I am taking my MCATs in 2002, applying in June 2002 to hopefully get in for 2003...should I plan to leave right after I turn in my apps? Could you guys give me a break down on when was the most relaxed/"no action" time during the year, so I can plan to leave the country then? Thanks much. Tweetie.