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guys 3 years non-clinical gap till the time I apply for 2016 match in 2015.
how do i explain that as I think it is frowned upon- it was truly due to parents health issues.
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hello dr. Siall, as you already know that long of a gap is definitely a red flag to program directors.. however it is best to tell them the truth and express how you have used that time to benefit your career
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You must have been doing SOMETHING in those 3 years. No volunteer work? teaching? research? 3 years is a LONG time
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Thanks for your valuable input.
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Sorry I didn't mean to discourage you or anything. I was just asking to understand a little better your situation. To see if there was anything to fill that gap with or explain it better.
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Life happened. I asked one PD and he said its not unheard of for IMGs to have non clinical gaps. Its okay as far as we stick to the truth.
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What about preparing for your steps? Is that considered non-clinical gap? If so then are they expecting us to work and study, Jesus.
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Yea it is considered a non clinical gap as well. I mean, you can work part time. Usually what people do is to keep working or work part time and then leave work for the last months of study when it gets really hard. And that can be explained to the PDs and wouldn't be an issue I suppose.

Also, you dont have to tell them every little detail of your life. If for example you quit your job for like 3 months to finish studying or take some steps, and then got it back, there is no reason to explain your 3 month absence of work.
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Yea it is considered a non clinical gap as well. I mean, you can work part time. Usually what people do is to keep working or work part time and then leave work for the last months of study when it gets really hard. And that can be explained to the PDs and wouldn't be an issue I suppose.

Also, you dont have to tell them every little detail of your life. If for example you quit your job for like 3 months to finish studying or take some steps, and then got it back, there is no reason to explain your 3 month absence of work.

Hey there. Thanks for the input. Wanted to ask, does the work have to be clinical. I mean, I've been working for 3 years+ in USA but it's not clinical. More like Insurance Agencies, Banks, Interpreting and stuff like that. Would this be an explainable gap?

Thanks
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Yea that would be a big a clinical gap. Even working in research is considered a clinical gap. They want to know if you have been practicing medicine. But you should be able to explain that. Since you are not able to practice medicine in the US yet.
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