I am in a little bit of quandary and I need to make a decision soon. I originally thought of doing nothing during the summer following M1. However, my friends told me that I should really do some type of research. And I applied and got an offer for a 10-week NIH research led by a reputable investigator. But that will basically wipe out my summer. Just that thought alone depresses me. I want to decline and look for something that is less demanding but again, my friends think that I'm making a big mistake. There is a possibility that I will not find any other research stints. What would be the worst case scenario? If I rank in the top quartile in my class at a top tier med school, has a leadership position over a duration of time, and do well on the steps (my school's average is high), shouldn't that be sufficient to land a decent residency in IM? My friends say no, that doing nothing during the summer after M1 will be frowned upon. If you were in my position, what will you do?