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What to Do with a Gap Year

Are you a student in the medical field seeking to accrue active, authoritative patient care hours during your gap year — in a job that aligns with your personal and professional goals?

If so, working as a direct care professional (DCP) at ACR Homes may offer the perfect win-win solution. Not only can you accrue the key working hours needed to apply to a PA or similar medical training program, but you’ll be paid for your time, hard work and expertise while gaining real-world experience and learning important new skills.

That puts ACR’s program head and shoulders above less-personalized unpaid internships that require students to hold down second jobs to stay afloat financially.


“The skills I learned at ACR really gave me an advantage over many classmates in medical school. I gained skills in teamwork, creative problem solving, dealing with stress and resilience.”

- Cory, a former ACR DCP.

“I mostly worked overnight shifts because I felt it made the most sense to ‘kill two birds with one stone’ and get paid to do my homework. I feel truly blessed to have stumbled across the ACR Homes booth during my undergrad, not knowing how important this job would become to me.”

- a psychology student who spent a gap year at ACR Homes prior to graduate school.

“ACR actually paid for me to get trained in CPR, First Aid, medication administration and other medical procedures. Taking care of my residents these past nine months and building relationships with them has been the most rewarding experience in my whole 23 years. They are people I will think about and care for the rest of my life.”

- Payton Gilreath, who spent her gap year at ACR.



This Tuesday, July 11th, from 7-8pm, we're hosting current Pre-PA (Hannah, Mayo Clinic; Kalianna, Brenau University; Shannon, Augsburg) and Pre-med (Priya, UMN-TC) students who took a gap year between college graduation and starting PA and med school!

This is for all current employees AND as a benefit of being an ACR employee, if you have a friend who is pursuing grad school and planning to take a gap year, they can also join using this link!

For those who attend we will also be doing a drawing for either a Pre-PA workbook from Savanna Perry, PA-C or some MCAT study tools!

Check out their bios to learn a little more about them! Hope to see you there!

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