Originally Posted by turundu
In terms of your 6 weeks, you could either do your shadowing or volunteering for a research project. There are plenty of opportunities everywhere, you just need to do a literature search and shoot some e-mails to the senior authors.
As an IMG, I'll encourage you to take a year off....there's a big difference between reviewing charts while attending a clinical rotation vs. learning a new set of research skills in a laboratory/hospital. My point is that you need to set yourself apart from the rest, becoming a researcher has become more popular among IMGs.
Thanks for the responses. I had read somewhere that observerships do matter especially if they are at big hospitals. You get to know about the newer techniques and make contacts at the same time. As for research, i think i'll push harder for that during clinical years since 6 weeks is too little a time to be studying for step 1 and doing an observership. I will try looking for a summer research project too though.
Appreciate all the help.