I originally planned on taking a gap year in my “4th” year, but I’m just wondering if it’s too late to instead go straight to med school in my 4th year? I honestly have no idea how my timeline should look like; I haven’t signed up for the MCAT yet nor have I done anything on the paperwork side of preparing for med-school, like interviews and such.
Is it too late to start med school in my 4th year? Should I just take my 4th year as a gap year? Also, what should I start doing now or, in other words, what should my timeline look like? I originally wanted to do hospital volunteering this summer but COVID just screwed that over. I’m also wondering if taking a gap year looks bad to med schools. I’m trying to secure some research for the 4th year as well as some clinical work and shadowing.