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Default does it look bad if you are working at a non-medical job during application season?

After I finish taking my step 2 ck, I plan on finding a job (any job) that will pay the bills since I'm in a lot of student loan debt. Will it look bad on the interview trail if I happen to end up in a non-medical related job before starting residency? I plan on taking CME classes along with working and studying for Step 3 on the side.

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Interviewers are reasonable human beings, and they understand that students need to survive somehow.
What they care about is that you did not have any extended breaks from your medical studies or medical work. I dont remember what was the maximum length of time that they begin to question your commitment to medicine, but I think its about 2 months.

However, you can always say that you are doing "self studies", or tutoring other students during your time off.
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People that I have talked to that were in a similar situation stated that no one even asked them on the interview trail what they were doing in between graduation and residency.
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