Gap Year Before Medical School

Many people decide to take a gap year before they apply to medical school whether they want to gain more experience or they want to keep their GPA up. There is no right or wrong way to go about it. However, today I went to an information session hosted by Columbia University about their one year MS program in Human Nutrition. Many people who participate this one-year program use it to gain experience and to fill in that year before going to medical school. It was really interesting to hear about the different research that the students do. Some recent student theses include immunologic biomarkers in psychiatric disorders, infectious disease and health outcomes, and predictors of diabetes after gastric bypass surgery. The possibilities are truly endless. It was also interesting to hear about the different hiring options for students once they complete this program. Many students do go on to medical school or some form of graduate school, but other students are being recruited by health start-ups or food companies like BlueApron. It is expensive to attend because Columbia is a private school, but it is an option for graduating seniors, who don’t know what they want to do. They usually take only half of the people that apply, but they have rolling admissions for the program up until June. I know I am definitely going to keep this program in mind as I look to apply to medical school.

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