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Okay so I'll give you guys a little background info...
rising junior in honors program - biomedical engineering major - 3.9 GPA
planning to take the MCAT in January 2017
Have had an engineering internship my summer after freshman year
Have a 2nd internship that began in the middle of my sophomore year and will continue until I graduate (full time during the summer and 15 hours a week during school)
Have shadowed a few doctors from different specialties
Volunteer at a hospital
Went on a medical service trip for a month and plan to do another this year with the same program

I have recently been given the opportunity to work in one of my professors research lab. It would be about 15 hours a week during the school year and full time this summer. I am really interested in the lab and the research being done, and the opportunity to do research for the first time. However, it is completely a volunteer experience, and I am dependent on the money from my internship for school.

I basically have to choose one or the other. I have basically committed to my internship for the next two years, but nothing formal so I could get out of it but would feel like a terrible person to do so. I also need the money. But research seems really cool and interesting.

HELP ME. I really don't know what to do.. and I also want to give myself the best chance of getting accepted to medical school. If I don't do this research I won't have any research experience, but I will have a completely full schedule in and out of school, showing a commit to something that I also enjoy doing.

Please reply and tell me what you think I would appreciate it so much.
 

aldol16

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I have recently been given the opportunity to work in one of my professors research lab. It would be about 15 hours a week during the school year and full time this summer. I am really interested in the lab and the research being done, and the opportunity to do research for the first time. However, it is completely a volunteer experience, and I am dependent on the money from my internship for school.
I basically have to choose one or the other. I have basically committed to my internship for the next two years, but nothing formal so I could get out of it but would feel like a terrible person to do so. I also need the money. But research seems really cool and interesting.
I don't think you have a choice to make at all.
 
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I love research, but not enough to work full time for free for an entire summer.

Another option is to apply for funded research fellowships for this next summer.
 

eteshoe

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Internship. You can always get involved w/ research during med school
 
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