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    Anyone taken time off (1 year or so) before starting clinicals?

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    Yes

    I knew a bunch of people that did. Some because they did not pass
    Step 1 and had to retake it, some for personal problems or finances and some studied for almost a year before they took Step 1 (bad idea).
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    Not sure why you would want to take time off? To get from beginning medical school to being finished with a residency usually takes 7 or 8 years (at a minimum). Does it really make sense to stop after the second?

    Medicine is a really demanding profession, if you think you need a break after being 25% through the training program, you must ask yourself if medicine is right for you.

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    I would be most worried about the amount of information I would forget over the year off. Doesn't sound like a wise idea.

    Quote Originally Posted by drj2b View Post
    Anyone taken time off (1 year or so) before starting clinicals?

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    I don't think we should assume drj2b's motivation for asking about time off (he/she needs a break after 25% of training). There are people that would like to plan things out and those that may need to work around things such as pregnancy, family, and financial situations. Yes, medicine is a really demanding profession, but for some it's not so easy. Some have obligations (like family) that do actually take precedence over medicine; so there are times when people really may need to take time off. Of course taking off is not recommended, but hopefully people are aware of their limitations, capabilities, as well as the consequences of their actions.

    So, to answer the initial question, people have taken time off for the reasons I have stated above. But I believe it is usually between clinicals and residency not basic sciences and clinicals (unless there is trble w/ the 1st time USMLE). Additionally, I think it is those that start MUA in the January semester that have the choice to either rush through clinicals to match in the same year or to take their time to match later (in the 2nd case, they have a pretty large break between completing clinicals and starting residency)......if I'm not mistaken. You may want to check up on this.

    Good Luck.




    Quote Originally Posted by 50ishdoc View Post
    Not sure why you would want to take time off? To get from beginning medical school to being finished with a residency usually takes 7 or 8 years (at a minimum). Does it really make sense to stop after the second?

    Medicine is a really demanding profession, if you think you need a break after being 25% through the training program, you must ask yourself if medicine is right for you.

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    my friends dad did that once he graduated in the dominican republic. He said it was the worst mistake of his life because all the residency directors always brought it up negatively and though he was hiding something by doing it.

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