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Default Taking a gap while studying in med university. Effects on application.

Hello everybody, I have several questions about taking a gap for a one year while studying in medical university.
Briefly about me. I am studying medicine in Europe, currently 4th year ( studying is 6 years in duration). In the end of this year I am going to take a break for a one year, the reason is financial problems and inability to pay for the med university. I am looking forward to secure a place in general surgery in USA, and I am realistic (non us-img) so I aim for preliminary spot and then give a shoot for cat. I know that having a gap after graduation is not the best idea and people try to compensate the gap via volunteering or maybe getting a spot in their home country residency program while preparing for the match in the USA. But what about a gap while being a medical student let's say in the middle of the educational process? At the moment I'm studying at university and by the way I participate in clinical research and actively volunteer in rural areas. What if I take one year off and continue participating in research and volunteering + making rotation on everyday basis in my home country hospitals. (I am trying to explain that I am not going to sit at home and do nothing for a one year or do some other activity outside medicine, I will be dedicated to medicine, but i will not be able to pay the university fee.) This gonna brake it or make it? Can it produce some devastating effect on my application? Please help me out with an advise, it is very important for me because it can affect the dream of my life in negative manner. Thanks.
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