DrHoosier

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I was in a special program for biochem research at a large private university this past summer. I got to work in the lab for 40-50 hours a week and it was a really good experience as an incoming freshman. My question is, when it comes to med school apps, will this 2 month experience be a significant activity? I feel like I learned a lot during those two months (mostly that research gets monotonous after awhile and I don't want to get a PhD). What I want to know is will my experience count as "research experience" that everyone refers to?
 

OhioDoc

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I was in a special program for biochem research at a large private university this past summer. I got to work in the lab for 40-50 hours a week and it was a really good experience as an incoming freshman. My question is, when it comes to med school apps, will this 2 month experience be a significant activity? I feel like I learned a lot during those two months (mostly that research gets monotonous after awhile and I don't want to get a PhD). What I want to know is will my experience count as "research experience" that everyone refers to?
This is something that you should definitely mention in your AMCAS application - either in your personal statement or in your activities section
 
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I want to know is will my experience count as "research experience" that everyone refers to?
Absolutely. And you learned something important from the experience. Though it probably wouldn't serve you well to articulate that you never want to engage in research again, LOL.
 

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It certainly counts as research experience. Is it as good as spending a year or two in a lab? Of course not. Don't expect this to be a strength in your application, but it certainly isn't a weakness. Just make sure that you stick with something for the long term. It doesn't have to be research.