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Between finishing my med school and applying for the neurology residency match, I will have an 8-9months gap. During this period it recommended to find a clinical research position in neurology in the States or work in a hospital in the neurology department and remain clinically oriented in my home country? I ask this because I have been told that neurology PDs value being clinically oriented till as close to the application season as possible. Thank you for your time.