I have recently graduated from my undergrad career and took this year as a gap year before med school. I just wondered if this would make me a less competitive candidate when I start my applications? When asked why I decided to take the gap year, how do I answer that in a professional, honest way when I really just needed a break from school, and needed to figure out my finances? Thanks!
- Gayle Squires expert Hi Alexander. I also took a year off between college and med school. I worked for a health plan and I wanted to do a dual degree (MD/MBA), so my gap year was easy to work into my application. I firmly believe that taking time off before medical school is important - you're about to enter at up to a decade's worth of work that is intellectually, emotionally, and physically taxing. I've found that my classmates who took time off were more mature and were better able to relate to their patients. You can explain your choice in an honest, thoughtful way and be sure to tie it into how the time off will make you a better applicant, student, and physician. I've helped a lot of students, including some non-traditional candidates, prepare their applications and prepare for interviews, and I'd be delighted to work with you.
- Alexander Doctoroff Thank you so much! I really appreciate the input and advice. I'll definitely let you know if I need anything else. Thanks again.