Senior soccer player seeking advice on preparing for physician assistant school or the medical field

My name is Emily and I am a senior hoping to continue on to Physician Assistant school after taking a gap year. I am most interested in working in gynecology or neonatology and am intrigued in the intersections between human health and the environment. Last spring I was fortunate to have an opportunity to work in neonatal research and while I really enjoyed it, I would like to understand what other opportunities are out there for aspiring physicians to gain experience. As I prepare to graduate in the Spring I would really love advice on how to make my gap year as meaningful as possible and how to navigate finding patient contact opportunities or clinical hours. Any advice from alumni on how you navigated your gap year and balanced finding experience while applying to schools is greatly appreciated!

Name: Emily Thiem ’19
Majors: HSSP
Hometown: Kinnelon, NJ
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