[Day 35/100: #100daysofproductivity.] LONG POST AHEAD
Sorry I don’t have a new picture to post, but I just wanted to share some info I’ve gotten about taking a gap year from both MD and DO physicians that I shadowed as well as current medical students who experienced taking a gap year. The bottom line is: DO NOT BE AFRAID!
For those of you who are currently in college and want to get into medical school… First of all, studying for the MCAT and all of your university courses is very hard. There’s a lot of time management and dedication you have to put into your studies, plus all the experiences that you need to gain (shadowing, research, etc.). So maybe you want to take a gap year focus on the MCAT or work? Taking a gap year could be due to a number of reasons. Just remember, life happens, and that’s completely okay. The following information will also be very helpful for you.
For those of you who are currently taking a gap year and those who exceeded the gap year…
Why are you taking a year (or more) off? Perhaps it’s because you got rejection letters, you weren’t ready to apply, you were lacking in volunteering/shadowing/research experiences, your MCAT score wasn’t good enough, you want more preparation from a post-bacc program, life happened, or maybe even because you simply was not ready to jump into medical school, etc. Don’t be afraid that medical schools will look at your application and think negatively about your gap year. As long as you show them in your application that you are doing something to improve yourself and your application (like working as a scribe or shadowing and volunteering more). There are a lot of opportunities to shadow or volunteer. All you have to do is reach out to physicians and clinics (if you want to volunteer in a clinic/hospital setting), and they will be happy to take you in. .
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