What happens to applicants who don't adhere to gap year plans?

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Can schools rescind an acceptance if an applicant doesn't follow through with their gap year plans? For example, if someone leaves a top research position or fellowship in the middle, will this be asked about during IIs? Will it become an issue after an acceptance is given in October? and do we still need to notify the school?
 

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No. We look at what you do and how well you did, not your promises.

And more importantly, you don't earn an acceptance because you say you're doing something cool during a gap year. We already know that talk is cheap.
 

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Can schools rescind an acceptance if an applicant doesn't follow through with their gap year plans? For example, if someone leaves a top research position or fellowship in the middle, will this be asked about during IIs? Will it become an issue after an acceptance is given in October? and do we still need to notify the school?
The only issue that would typically come up if you were in a academic program during gap year, your acceptance agreement is likely to have a clause about having to complete current academic work satisfactorily including being awarded a degree.
 
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Most schools probably won't care but I have heard of Tulane following up with Americorps assignments. It makes sense due to their huge emphasis on community service.
 

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Technically they can. I believe all of my acceptance letters came with wording that said something along the lines of me being responsible for providing additional material if it is asked.

In reality, its extra work for the admissions office, and they're unlikely to check. When they extend an offer, they're extending an offer to you because of what you've demonstrated that you're capable of. Words are worth as much as the Xerox paper they're printed on.

The schools know that many people will say anything given the vulnerability a medical school applicant is facing, so they'll go off of something you can't lie about.
 

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Can schools rescind an acceptance if an applicant doesn't follow through with their gap year plans? For example, if someone leaves a top research position or fellowship in the middle, will this be asked about during IIs? Will it become an issue after an acceptance is given in October? and do we still need to notify the school?
I think they murder you, but don't quote me on that.
 

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Most schools probably won't care but I have heard of Tulane following up with Americorps assignments. It makes sense due to their huge emphasis on community service.
Well that and they specifically ask for AmeriCorps on their app. Makes sense.
 

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The only issue that would typically come up if you were in a academic program during gap year, your acceptance agreement is likely to have a clause about having to complete current academic work satisfactorily including being awarded a degree.
If I say I'm "pursuing a Master degree" in somethings not related to a biomedical science or public health, and don't finish it by matric is that okay?

I start classes this fall and am unsure if I'll be able to finish so I thought pursuing would be okay! It's also something that I had talked to the program about finishing it long term if I'm not in the area through independent study, etc....



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You don't have to notify schools of anything unless you got convicted. If they ask in your interview, I would lie if the truth is you stayed home and played xbox for the past 6 months, but if you did something else meaningful, e.g. dropped masters program to pursue startup company, obviously include it. Meaningful can also mean things meaningful to you, like traveling or going back home to spend the last few weeks with your sick relative, pursuing passions like being a writer/artist, whatever floats your boat.
 

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If I say I'm "pursuing a Master degree" in somethings not related to a biomedical science or public health, and don't finish it by matric is that okay?

I start classes this fall and am unsure if I'll be able to finish so I thought pursuing would be okay! It's also something that I had talked to the program about finishing it long term if I'm not in the area through independent study, etc....
Course of study is irrelevant. Some schools still have a broad acceptance requirement that they enforce that all academic pursuits must be successfully completed by matriculation into medical school class. It would behoove you to contact the schools or research their student handbooks to see if you can find the policy on this. Let me also add that you may be required to show evidence of completion. There have been infrequent occasions where some acceptees have been forced to defer where they have completed the work for another academic program but it is not reflected in official transcripts by matriculation date.