Hi guys! I am going to be graduating this May and am considering what I should do during my gap year before medical school. I have research experience since I was a sophomore in college and have worked as a nursing aide at an assisted living facility. I recently got offered a job as a clinical technician (essentially a PCA) at a great hospital but have been hesitant to accept it due to the cost of living. My other option would be to commute to my university and work as a clinical research assistant. For me, I know I would find it more fulfilling to work as a PCA because I find caring for others as very important and know that I can have a direct impact on patients as a PCA. Is working as a PCA a meaningful gap year experience compared to being a clinical research assistant?