More and more medical school aspirants will find themselves with a gap year (or two). Gap year is the time between graduating from college and entering medical school. In part, because of added competencies in the social sciences, and firmer expectations in the area of biochemistry, many students may opt to apply to medical school in their senior, or last year of college. This means you will have a gap of about one year before you would matriculate into a medical school.
Here are a few examples of gap year opportunities.
- Complementary & Alternative Medicine at Georgetown University includes a Master’s in Physiology degree in 11 months
- AmeriCorps was recommended by Tony Bell (’10) who deferred matriculation to Mizzou by one year in order to take a purposeful break and make a difference at a homeless shelter and health clinic in Denver, Colo.
- Master of Science in Medical Physiology, one year, non-thesis, Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Campus
- Master’s degree in Bioethics – see examples at University of Pittsburgh Master of Arts in Bioethics and Einstein-Cardozo Master in Bioethics
- Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (non-thesis) at Iowa State University
- AAMC has information on postbaccalaureate pre-medical programs for students who need to improve their academic credentials or who did not complete a ‘science’ major.
- Study abroad: Gap Year Programs overseas
Fore more information, contact:
Brittany Harden, Pre-Health Professions Coordinator & Advisor
Center for Academic Excellence