Hey guys, so I was just wondering how important a thesis is for medical school? My father told me not to worry about it, but all my friends who went to top medical schools had a thesis. I am not very research oriented, but I was very lucky last summer and did some research at a lab and got a publication in a journal with an impact factor of 14/15 and don't feel any urge to further pursue any research further. I feel like a thesis won't help me since I am not research oriented and can't use it as a stepping stone to academic medicine because I don't want to go down that path so I think this is negligible for me. Any thoughts? Also, were any of you able to study abroad your junior year spring and still apply to medical school that summer? I think this is more manageable with the old MCAT but with the new one I don't think I can fit it so I might give up study abroad so I can apply next summer prior to senior year. Anyone have thoughts on this? I would greatly appreciate it. I want to "study" abroad in Europe. I say "study" because everyone who I know who has studied abroad, except at a few places like Oxford or Cambridge, do not really study. My goal for study abroad is to immerse my self culturally and not worry about a hardcore academic semester.