A large majority of applicants (between 70 and 80 percent) are electing to take time between graduation and matriculation to medical, dental, veterinary, optometry, physician assistant and podiatry programs to strengthen their applications and gain additional experience.
Taking additional time can enhance your application through academic and experiential opportunities, give you the chance to recharge before entering a demanding program, allow you to save money, and enable you to get more from your professional program. Many future applicants are hesitant to take a gap year not because they think it’s a bad idea, but because they aren’t sure what they will do. Consider some of the following resources and ideas in planning for your future:
National Cancer Institute Communications Fellowship (for students in or who have recently completed a graduate program)
PlusOne programs allows current Northeastern students the opportunity to pursue both a bachelor’s and master’s degree successively in a condensed period of time.
Many PreMed and PreHealth students have academics interests that are related to their intended career path where obtaining a Master’s Degree before beginning their health professional program can benefit their future career aspirations.