Benefits of Taking a Medical Gap Year: Be Open to the Possibilities!

April 14, 2014

Article by Global Pre-Meds
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Taking time off before pursuing studies in higher education is no longer stigmatized; students across all fields of study can benefit from a gap year.  The benefits of taking a gap year as a pre med student are particularly strong.  If you want to pursue a medical career but are not quite ready to make the leap, for whatever reason, consider these benefits to engaging in gap year activities in medicine after graduation.

Reasons to Take a Medical Gap Year

There are a number of reasons for you to take a medical gap year before applying to medical school.  Theses include:

Best Activities for Pre Med Students in a Gap Year

There are a number of activities that pre med students can participate in during a medical gap year.  These include:

Applying to Medical School After a Gap Year

Your twenties are a time of significant personal growth as you transition from an older adolescent to a full-fledged young adult.  Medical schools recognize that students in their early twenties may not be fully mature enough to make the decision to pursue medical school.  As a younger twenty-something, you might feel completely confident that a career as a physician is the right path for you, and that is great!  But for those pre medical students who could benefit from a gap year to explore career choices in medicine, medical There are up to 15 births a day in our Tanzanian partner hospitalsschools applaud your decision to pursue these interests before applying to their schools and making a tremendous commitment.  Your medical school application after a gap year will be significantly enhanced by the travel experiences, internships opportunities, shadowing insights, and letters of recommendation that you’ve acquired during this time “off” from traditional studies.

Everyone’s Doing It… But Not Really!

More and more students are graduating from university and delaying their medical school applications till the following year.  The average age of students entering medical school continues to edge up and now hovers at 24; a significant number are in their late twenties!  Medical schools have become increasingly open to the benefits of pursuing a medical gap year and continue to admit students who have participated in medical gap year activities.  You will not be alone as a gap year medical school applicant, which means it’s even more important to take full advantage of this time to enhance your professional and personal growth as a pre medical student.

If you have any concerns that taking a gap year will make you a less competitive medical school applicant, think again!  Pre medical students who take a gap year are often more competitive, more experienced, more mature than their younger counterparts. A medical gap year has many advantages – so think about taking one! — Post by Madelaine Kingsbury.