I wonder if you guys can help me out on this one? I have a friend who has just graduated college and now works at a big-name research institution. Her commitment to do research at this university was for two years, even though she said in her cover letter that she might apply this round if she got decent MCAT scores. She took the April 2006 MCAT and got a score that she could apply with. So then she told her boss that she was gonna apply now. But what she didn't expect was her boss telling her that what she was doing (apply now for 2007 but with a deferal until 2008 in mind) was amoral, dishonest, and that she was playing games with the admissions officer. He also said that, "The whole foundatin of going to med school is based on honesty and trust. If you don't have that, maybe you shouldn't pursue medicine." This professor is an MD/PHD, very famous, and is an adcom for one of the top 10 research med schools in the country. So the question is: what should she do? If she decides to apply, then she has to tell her boss, and he definitely won't like it. In case she doesn't get in this year (she doesn't have spectacular stats) and she has to ask him for a letter for the 2008 cycle, he'll write her a bad letter. Also, wouldn't her application be stronger if she waited a year (even though she doesn't want to do that)? She really wanted to apply now and had everything ready until she talked to him. He not only destroyed her confidence but her plans as well. So...what would YOU do?