Hey guys, I'm just a measley MSI, so I don't mean to intrude, but I was wondering if any of you could offer some input on this dilemma I'm having regarding what to do next summer (I sort of have to decide as deadlines for things are approaching/have passed already). For those of you that are in anesthesiology or applying to anesthesiology residencies, what did you do your MSI-MSII summer? For those of you that did research, do you feel it has boosted your application alot? For those of you that didn't do research or something like that, do you regret it at all? Did you guys have a lot of extracurriculars (ie: leadership positions in various student organizations, etc), and how important do you think these things are? I've done a ton of research in the past, have 5 publications under my belt (in a non-related field, however, and none are first author) and while I like it fine, I sort of feel like I want to get clinical exposure to the field more than doing research next summer to help me determine if this is the field i really want to go into (i want to know before 3rd year!). So i was thinking of maybe just shadowing an anesthesiologist informally or something, and maybe spending the rest of the summer travelling. The only disadvantage to this is that it wouldn't look as good as getting one of the prestigous research fellowships they offer to select students at my school for research during the summer. I really want to do training in a NYC program eventually, and I know they are super competitive. Should i just suck it up and apply for the 8 week research fellowship, even though it's not my top choice, since this would look the best on my application? I know doing research during med school is very important in fields like surgery or dermatology, but how important is it in the field of anesthesiology? I apologize if i may be coming across as irrationally paranoid, but I'm just worried that i'm shying away from a great opportunity, albeit not my first choice opportunity for the summer. I really don't have that many extracurricular activities associated with the school, so i'm worried that i won't have anything to distinguish me. I appreciate any input you guys may have.