one-chair asked: what are things to do in a gap year to be a strong applicant?
Considering that we are in the same boat with you, here is a list of the things that we have done/considered during our gap year so far:
Of course, this list is in no way exhaustive. There are many things that you can do in your year off to enhance your resume/application. Links to some programs are included above, but please feel free to ask any specific questions about programs that you might be interested in.
Last but not least, further pursue your interests during the gap year. While it is important to show your continued interest in medicine, it is also important to be a well-rounded applicant. Well-rounded, meaning that you are a human with real interests outside of medicine and work.
Readers, if any of you have experience with taking a gap year, LET US KNOW what you have done/considered and how that has affected your experiences!