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How Gap Years Affect Admissions – October 2020

  • by Allison Chae
  • Oct 07, 2020
  • MCAT Blog, Med School Admissions, Premed Webinars

[In ominous movie-trailer voice] These are unprecedented times… Well, they are. Hundreds, if not thousands, of pre-meds had their 2020 MCAT cycle and medical school admissions timelines turned upside down by pandemic lockdowns and stay-at-home orders. MCATs were canceled and rescheduled. Shadowing and scribing opportunities were put on hold or also canceled altogether. Some lucky applicants were able to get their applications in this cycle, as planned. However, many more were unable to, frustrated at the prospect of not being able to take the MCAT or get their scores in time. Others had expected to use this spring and summer to volunteer and get some of the necessary clinical experience needed for their medical school application. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many pre-meds are now forced to take an unexpected gap year before applying next cycle.

Understandably, questions immediately arose:
– Are gap years before medical school a good idea?
– What are the pros and cons of gap years for pre-meds?
– What happens if I take more than 1 gap year?
– Will taking a gap year affect my chances at admissions to medical schools?
– What are things I can do during my gap year?

To help students navigate this tricky situation, Blueprint MCAT’s Phil Hawkins spoke with Christine Crispen, a member of our Pre-Med Advisory Council. Christine is the former Director of Admissions at the UCI School of Medicine. With over 15 years of experience in medical school admissions, Christine has seen it all and is a wealth knowledge about all things admissions.

Watch the webinar below to find out how Christine anticipates admissions committees will consider COVID-19 gap years and what you can do during yours to make your 2021 medical school application stronger!


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