Gap Year & Short-Term Opportunity Examples for Health Professions

The gap year (s) refers to a period of time – typically one to three years – that may be used to pursue work, travel, service or volunteering in just about any area of interest, before one starts their health professions education.

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The suggestions below are by no means exhaustive; they are broad buckets of some types of experiences Yale students have engaged in before entering a health professions program. The sky is the limit for what you do depending on your interests or where you may be looking to strengthen your application.  Begin your search by exploring the resources available on the OCS Website.  Be creative and explore!

Research Examples

Post-Graduate Fellowships

Fulbright Grants

NIH Post-Baccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award

THANC Foundation Research Associate

Close Concerns and Analyst Positions

Bench or Clinical Research (here are some examples at Yale University)

  • Aside from the Yale Career Link, look for these positions directly on employer sites

Education Fellowship Examples

Teach for America

Urban Teachers

Yale China Teaching Fellowship

New York Teaching Fellow

Service Fellowship Examples

Alaska Fellows


City Year

Peace Corps

Global Health Corps


Project Horseshoe Farm

Public Health/Health Policy Fellowships

Social Justice/Social Change Fellowships

Religiously Affiliated Fellowships

Other Types of Work Opportunities


Kuchnir Dermatology

DermCare Experts Fellowship

Medical Scribe

Yale Woodbridge Fellow

Medical Assistant

Clinical Research Coordinator

Healthcare Consulting

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