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taking a year off

Discussion in 'Medical Students - MD' started by Beccalyn, Jun 8, 2001.

  1. Beccalyn

    Beccalyn Junior Member 10+ Year Member

    Oct 20, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    I was wondering what everyone thought about taking your MCAT'S your senior year and then apply the following fall, basically taking a year off. Any comments??
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  3. together

    together Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Oct 27, 2000
    Boston, MA
    Hi Beccalyn,

    I'm doing it. I actually had to retake the MCAT because I wasn't satisfied with my initial performance so I was, in a sense, forced to take a year off. This fall, however, I will enter the M.A. in Biomedical Science program at the Boston University School of Medicine. My goal is to go M.D./Ph.D. so this route is my best option at this point.

    Taking a year off and using that year to your advantage (i.e., taking advanced science courses to boost your science GPA, gaining more clinical experience, working in a lab, etc.) will only benefit you in the long run. Plus, you'll have more time to study for the MCAT!

  4. genieinabottle

    genieinabottle Crazy 'bout the Boards 10+ Year Member

    Feb 10, 2000
    Washington, DC
    Well, I took a year off because I chose to study abroad in ENgland my Junior year and didn't want to rush things by trying to take the MCAT right when I got back. INstead I took the MCAT April of my Senior year and things turned out ok. I was able to spend almost all the second semester just studying for the test. I am currently working in a lab and the year off has been great! I was planning a wedding so it was great having all the free time. It all works out because I am going to med school right after I get married this July. Best wishes for whatever you decide!
  5. Dreamer

    Dreamer Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Congratulations on both occasions!
  6. KB.

    KB. Junior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jan 4, 2001
    Pompton Lakes, NJ, USA

    My decision to apply to medical school came late. I took the April MCAT in my senior year and applied in the fall. I do not think it was a disadvantage and it allowed me to get some research experience - which my application was definitely lacking. I was asked about taking the year off at every interview, so be prepared to talk about it. So, if you use the year wisely it can't hurt.
  7. Popoy

    Popoy SDN Super Moderator 10+ Year Member

    Apr 22, 2001
    Taking a year allows for more maturity and better grasp of what is really out there. :cool:
  8. Winged Scapula

    Winged Scapula Cougariffic! Staff Member Administrator Physician Faculty Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 15+ Year Member

    Apr 9, 2000
    hSDN Member
    I think there is no reason to NOT do it as long as you are doing something medically related during the off year (or are still in school). The obvious advantage is that if you do not do well on your first attempt you may avoid any possible 'August angst" by taking it later the same year. The obvious disadvantage is that your scores age and you will have to retake them 1 year sooner should you fail to gain admission within the next 2-3 years (depending on individual school's requirements for age of MCAT scores).

    Best of luck.

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