Long-time lurker, first-time member/poster, etc. Looking for advice/encouragement. Hopefully I don't come across too whiny. I'm a GS1 a couple of months into the lab, and I did not realize what a blow it would be to not be continuing to MS3, and am experiencing a bit of a psychological shock during the transition. I absolutely love the people and mentors in my lab and our research area is interesting, but at the same time, after these few months I don't feel like much has been accomplished. Yes, our project is slowly moving forward and we're slowly amassing publishable data, but my MS3 friends are getting to do all kinds of cool stuff, and they're quickly amassing more medical knowledge on a daily basis. My medical knowledge is at best stagnating, and the new things I'm learning for potential thesis projects, while interesting to me, induce a fugue state in others. I know research is slow, but does it ever feel...less slow? More rewarding? How do/did you get through the awful slow/minimally productive periods? There are parts of research that I still love (basically everything but the actual experiment-doing), so there might be hope. But, it doesn't help that my school has a tiny MD/PhD program, so I don't really have that many people to go to for advice, or who really understand the program and my options. If I quit now, I would be one year behind my former classmates, which I would be fine with. I'm supposed to take my quals in the Spring semester and am kind of considering just toughing it out until then to see if anything changes. My Step 1 score isn't SDN average, but I'm not interested in any of the competitive specialties, so the ever-increasing average probably won't affect me if I do stay on team MD/PhD. So, internet people who may have been in my shoes, what do you think of my situation and what advice do you have? Thanks for any help.