Typically Pre-Med students apply to medical school the summer before their senior year. However, some decide to take a gap year for various reasons which gives them time to strengthen their application. Here are some things you can do during your gap year:
Finish up pre-requisites (general bio w/ lab, general chemistry w/ lab, organic chemistry w/ lab, etc)
Work and save money for medical school (Preferably in a healthcare setting like a hospital or pharmacy)
Gain clinical experience (Shadow doctors & nurses in hospitals and clinics!)
Gain research experience
Travel (Take the time to relax!)
Work on a passion project (Where do you strive to see change?)
Improve your MCAT score
Do a Post Bacc or Masters program
It is important to spend your Gap year doing something you're passionate about and being consistent with staying engaged in clinical experiences and community service. The common misconception is that gap years negatively affect you as a medical school applicant, but in reality, what you spend your gap year doing can enhance your chances of shining in front of other applicants!
Comment down below any questions you might have about taking a Gap year!