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postpone acceptance?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by scrubswannabe, May 7, 2008.

  1. scrubswannabe

    scrubswannabe Junior Member 5+ Year Member

    Feb 5, 2006
    if you get accepted to med school can you defer acceptance by a year
    so that you can travel the world?

    i'm still thinking about it but this is what i want to do
    or would i have to apply to med schools after my year off
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  3. Captain Fantastic

    Captain Fantastic Physician 10+ Year Member

    Mar 28, 2005
    Mizzou Med
    Not likely to get a deferral for travel. If you want to see the world, do that first then apply.
  4. TupacalipseT96

    TupacalipseT96 R U Still Down? 7+ Year Member

    Apr 6, 2008
    as far as I understand it, it is possible to defer acceptance at some schools (ie. Stanford), though they highly recommend you wait until you're ready before you apply to med school in the first place.

    Other places (ie. Harvard) just straight up won't let you defer.

    At leasts that's what the dean of admissions @ stanford told me.
  5. LovelyMD

    LovelyMD Moderator Emeritus 2+ Year Member

    May 21, 2007
    You can defer at Harvard (I know two people who have done this), but I don't know if they will let you do it so that you can "travel the world."

    OP, You may want to ask individual schools because their policies may differ with respect to deferring an acceptance.
  6. lincolnparadox

    lincolnparadox 7+ Year Member

    Dec 20, 2006
    No, please don't unless you're already accepted. The last thing an admissions committee wants to hear is questions about deferring enrollment.
  7. IssaErie

    IssaErie 2+ Year Member

    Jul 24, 2008
    Does anyone know if one can defer after being pulled off a wait list? Or are applications for deferring typical due before people are pulled off waitlists? Can't seem to find any information on this....
    TX! :)
  8. majestic red

    majestic red 5+ Year Member

    Aug 18, 2008
    My guess is that deferring won't be an option if you're pulled off the waitlist because at that point, the only reason they're giving more people acceptances is because they have empty slots in their class that they're trying to fill up. A deferral isn't going to help them accomplish this.
  9. Twiigg

    Twiigg Banned

    Nov 18, 2007
    A distant tree..
    If you could defer, that would be an awesome experience! Good luck.

    Still, I wouldn't throw away an acceptance to travel the world.
  10. veaselhaufen

    veaselhaufen 5+ Year Member

    Aug 15, 2007
    ohio state will let you defer for whatever reason you want
  11. dally1025

    dally1025 7+ Year Member

    Jul 18, 2007
    depends on the school. some schools won't let you defer, others will let you only in certain circumstances, and others will no matter the circumstance. i got off the waitlist last year at an out of state school and was able to defer to reapply to my in-state school, work, and travel. very few schools would let you do what i did but they do exist.
  12. mezmerized7

    mezmerized7 5+ Year Member

    May 2, 2007
    It's dependent on the school. Some schools like Harvard will let you defer if you had a Rhodes scholarship or something like that. Other schools will let you defer to work/or do more research/make more money, etc
  13. IssaErie

    IssaErie 2+ Year Member

    Jul 24, 2008
    dally, you deferred after you got off the waitlist? they let you do that? i wasn't sure, since I thought you had to apply to defer before most schools even look at the waitlist... :)
  14. dally1025

    dally1025 7+ Year Member

    Jul 18, 2007
    yep, at least for now... they changed the policy starting this year, at least for oos. the deadline was sometime in july and i was accepted in early june. most people think i'm crazy but i think paying an extra $75,000 in tuition is crazy!
  15. geekOCD

    geekOCD passionate people rock 5+ Year Member

    Dec 7, 2005
    case western will let you defer for any reason.

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