Hi guys. As you can see by my signature I'll be entering med school at UT Houston. This is absolutely where I wanted to end up and I'm excited about going here. However I tried my best to get them to give me a deferrment so that I could participate in a program that was important to me personally. Unfortunately, my school has a REALLY strict non-deferrment policy, and it looks like its not going to happen. I was thinking about perhaps taking a leave of absence and doing it inbetween my 1st and 2nd year of med school (they are more lenient about this). But I have to ask you guys, is this a bad idea? I have 2 main worries. 1.) My step 1 scores will suffer from being out of the game for a year. 2.) I'll be put back and therefore be somewhat of a drifter in the class of 2010 because I wasn't there from the beginning. I hear contacts and friendship is everything in getting through med school. Perhaps there are other unforseen problems to this. Anyway if you guys have any opinions I'd really appreciate it. Thanks.