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Gap Year Part 2: How and When to Travel While Applying to Medical School

Gap Year Part 2: How and When to Travel While Applying to Medical School

At a presentation at Boston University last week, I was asked a good question after I gave my advice about what to do during a Gap Year:

What are the best times to travel during your year when applying to med school?

On the one hand, your first responsibility is to your applications, so you don't want to be out of the country and miss an important secondary application or interview.  On the other hand, this is your last year to do some serious travel, and plane tickets to another continent aren't exactly cheap.

So what are some guidelines for how to travel to another country during your application year?

What Should I Do During My Gap Year (to stand out for medical school)?

What Should I Do During My Gap Year (to stand out for medical school)?

One year from today, your life will be over.  When you start medical school, you will be consumed by academic and extracurricular responsibilities, and your free time will effectively end.  And of course, while it's hard to think about that day when we haven't yet gotten in, it's important to plan for it nonetheless.

So what should you do with this year?  Not to be too obvious, but this is YOUR year.  Medical schools won't tell you, "you should definitely do these things."  You are the one who has to decide what's right for you.  

Having said that, we think there are four principles that if you follow them, your gap year will be amazing and help you get into medical school.