I’m thinking about taking a gap year but don’t yet know exactly what I want to do to spend my year productively. What are some things other students are getting involved with?
There are endless options of things to do during a gap year. Some popular options include participating in research, shadowing, volunteering, internships, or finding employment and saving up money for medical school. Students also may elect to study for the MCAT during part of a gap year. Virtually any experience is applicable to your medical school application since admissions boards look at you from a holistic perspective. Even positions that may not seem to correlate to medicine, such as working as a waitor, can help you gain the interpersonal skills needed to become an effective healthcare provider. Again, the opportunities are essentially limitless. We will likely discuss considerations about taking a gap year at length in a future post, so keep an eye on our blog!
— Peyton, PMH Board