I can do one month of anesthesia during my transitional year program, at my home hospital or a nearby university program of my choice... or even in another state if I take some time to set things up. Is this a good idea in general or sort of just up to me? Is there any advantage to doing extra well on the AKT that I will take when I get to my program? My gut instinct is to honestly take it easy for these two elective months and do dermatology or radiology... as well as to not take the time and effort to set up an away rotation and attempt to impress anyone or network during my intern year. However, maybe I am making the wrong decision. Also, what is the general consensus on a research project (something small that would most likely not result in a publication) in anesthesia during the intern year if the program allows for time to do this? Please let me know what you did if you had the chance to do an elective in your given intern year program and/or a block of research for 4 weeks. Thank you!