Originally Posted by WonderBoy
If you have the money its not a bad idea. I wish I had that option, the masters students in the class are ahead of you already because they have taken most of the first year classes already including anatomy.
This was the question on my mind before I started. I has barely a BS in science before I stared med school. And my thing was a lot of other people will have master's degrees, etc. and i will be really far behind. Once August 1st rolls around everyone is on the same playing field regardless of what they did before. If you study hard you will be fine, even ahead of those with advanced degrees or those who have taken a similar class before.
I think the spanish doctor hit it on the head: the summer course should be looked at as training to get into into the mindset of a medical student.
i would just relax during the summer, get a routine going like hitting the gym, yoga, tan, laundry, learn spanish (super useful for rotations)...and if you really want, do some light reading or watch the Ackland's videos Gold mentioned (they are great); they are $1000 cheaper and you get just about the same info (minus the cadaver in front of you...but the videos are all of cadavers anyway).