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.
4 Reasons to take a Service Year
Capitalize on Gap Years Before Applying
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!
NIH Post-Baccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award
THANC Foundation Research Associate
Close Concerns and Analyst Positions
Yale Master’s in Personalized Medicine & Applied Engineering (application due 1/2/23)
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
Yale China Teaching Fellowship
Service Fellowship Examples
Other Types of Work Opportunities
Clinical Research Coordinator
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