Fall.... Like this first semester?? :O
Or the summer between MS-1/MS-2, as well. Sometimes u can even get stipends for that.No... as in the beginning of second year. The reason it's advantageous to do research at your own school is that in the likely event that you don't finish everything you want to in 8 weeks, you can continue to work on your research throughout MS2. This can be difficult to do if you're 2000 miles away.
That's absolutely crazy. At least make it 1.5 years.If I'm not mistaken, Vandy now had a new curriculum with essentially only 1 preclinical year that is extra long. Thus, your summer between M1 and M2 year is rather short. I'm not sure you'll be able to complete much research in this time so it probably wouldn't be worth it to go back to Cali.