Waiting To Apply To Med School
Allison Greco has kindly agreed to answer some of the top questions our community wants answered. Allison is a medical student in the class of 2013 and has a great passion for social media. You can follow her on twitter @grecoa3.
What are your thoughts on waiting a year after undergrad to apply to med school?
When I was a pre-med, I thought my world would literally end if I didn’t get immediately accepted to medical school because it was all I ever wanted to do.
When I got to medical school, I was surprised to be in the MINORITY! It turns out most students DO take time off!
With all that said, my rule of thumb is that If you’re really not sure you want to be a doctor, then take time off. Do some clinical research or shadowing, then re-visit the decision. Medical school is hard, long, and expensive, and the last thing you want to do is enroll for a few years only to decide its not what you want to do!
I’m also learning now as I prepare my residency application, that you will need to address what you did on your time off, but that it in no way hurts your application. All your activities and real-life experiences make for great personal statements, and give you a unique perspective!
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