I am taking a year off before I apply, and I have been considering a job as a research associate at a local university medical center. I am trying to get sense of how much a job like this will help my chances for next years app cycle, or if I would be better off investing my time elsewhere. I already have two years of research experience at my undergrad, and I have the feeling that doing another 2 years might be a little overkill, bearing in mind that I'm not trying to get an md/phd. On the other hand, I'm not sure if doing more research at a top-flight institution (and also in a more involved capacity than my undergrad work) where there is a strong chance of getting publications would really help to solidify my application. Any suggestions are welcome.