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We are almost done our first year of medical school... can you believe it? It has really flown for me. I can't believe I took the MCAT 2 years ago, and with that in mind, I'm kinda scared that Step 1 is only a year away. It'll be here before I know it.

But there's no point in worrying about that now! How are you planning on spending your 'last' summer? :)

My in-laws are going to watch our kids for a week and my husband and I are going on vacation together. A cruise, a few days after my last test. I am so excited. Beyond that, I just want to relax and spend time with my husband and our kids, and get some stuff done around our house that needs to get done.

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Paid research during the day. Happy hours, trivia nights, bar volleyball after hours. It's going to be great.
 
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Presumably a public health internship ("you'll hear by mid April" has become, as of mid-late April "we're working on it"...I'm optimistic b/c no one's heard yet).

I worry a little bit about not doing research, because I'm interested in academic medicine, but people who theoretically know what they're talking about have assured me that there will be other opportunities for research and I am not forever ruining my chances at an academic residency. And, in reality, I will probably benefit more from something that involves extensive human interaction (I'm horribly shy).
 

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Don't worry about not doing research. Can't speak for clinical, but summer bench research is about as useful as summer camp.
 

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I might as well wear this shirt everyday this summer.
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But for reals, doing research, weekending to other big cities, drinking, trying to write a review article.


But mainly ballin' out of control.
 

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Getting married, TAing in our school's summer enrichment program and a continuing some chart review that I have been doing over M1. Pretty chill summer can't wait!
 

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Getting married, TAing in our school's summer enrichment program and a continuing some chart review that I have been doing over M1. Pretty chill summer can't wait!

Congratulations!
 
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Research elective during 3rd year (if your school has one) might be a better time to get research in. Nice break from the wards + by waiting to do research, you get to enjoy your last summer ever after M1.

But if you're really into research then by all means, summer after M1 is a pretty good chunk of time to do that.
 

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Research elective during 3rd year (if your school has one) might be a better time to get research in. Nice break from the wards + by waiting to do research, you get to enjoy your last summer ever after M1.

But if you're really into research then by all means, summer after M1 is a pretty good chunk of time to do that.

I'm only entering med school this summer so I'm a bit naive...but is research really important is gaining a residency? Is it like med school apps where you have to do a bunch of extra-curricular activities to boost your application to match?
 

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I'm only entering med school this summer so I'm a bit naive...but is research really important is gaining a residency? Is it like med school apps where you have to do a bunch of extra-curricular activities to boost your application to match?
It depends on what you want to do. If you want to be a clinician primarily, there are plenty of residency programs that will provide excellent training and don't place much emphasis on research. On the other hand, if you wanted to do your residency at a top academic center, research is essential. At those places, they are looking to train future academic physicians.
 

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I'm only entering med school this summer so I'm a bit naive...but is research really important is gaining a residency? Is it like med school apps where you have to do a bunch of extra-curricular activities to boost your application to match?

Depends on the residency. If you want something like dermatology or neurosurgery, you're going to need research. Same for top academic residencies for less competitive specialties,e.g., internal medicine at somewhere presteejus.
 

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I'm only entering med school this summer so I'm a bit naive...but is research really important is gaining a residency? Is it like med school apps where you have to do a bunch of extra-curricular activities to boost your application to match?

It depends upon the specialty. It also depends upon whether you do research later and what you do in place of research with your M1 summer.

In my case, I decided to do a public health internship. I'm interested an academic residency in neuro, IM, or psych. Research is good, but they don't obsess about it the same way some specialties--say, ortho--require research. My internship is through an academic institution and will appear on my transcript and students that have done it have generally fared well in the match. It will be in my best interests to do a research elective later on, but I'm taking advantage of this summer to do something completely different that otherwise I wouldn't have a chance to do.
 

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It depends upon the specialty. It also depends upon whether you do research later and what you do in place of research with your M1 summer.

In my case, I decided to do a public health internship. I'm interested an academic residency in neuro, IM, or psych. Research is good, but they don't obsess about it the same way some specialties--say, ortho--require research. My internship is through an academic institution and will appear on my transcript and students that have done it have generally fared well in the match. It will be in my best interests to do a research elective later on, but I'm taking advantage of this summer to do something completely different that otherwise I wouldn't have a chance to do.
Maybe not general internal medicine, but if you have a clear interest in a subspecialty (GI, cards, onc, etc.), it helps immensely to have done relevant research.
 

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Maybe not general internal medicine, but if you have a clear interest in a subspecialty (GI, cards, onc, etc.), it helps immensely to have done relevant research.

That's one of the benefits to doing a research elective(s) later--more likely to know what you want to do.
 

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Agreed. Also, some professors have told me that research can wait until fellowship (in the sense that it's like a post doc before a career in academics). I just don't understand how you'd get to that stage without it.
 
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It depends on what you want to do. If you want to be a clinician primarily, there are plenty of residency programs that will provide excellent training and don't place much emphasis on research. On the other hand, if you wanted to do your residency at a top academic center, research is essential. At those places, they are looking to train future academic physicians.

Depends on the residency. If you want something like dermatology or neurosurgery, you're going to need research. Same for top academic residencies for less competitive specialties,e.g., internal medicine at somewhere presteejus.

It depends upon the specialty. It also depends upon whether you do research later and what you do in place of research with your M1 summer.

In my case, I decided to do a public health internship. I'm interested an academic residency in neuro, IM, or psych. Research is good, but they don't obsess about it the same way some specialties--say, ortho--require research. My internship is through an academic institution and will appear on my transcript and students that have done it have generally fared well in the match. It will be in my best interests to do a research elective later on, but I'm taking advantage of this summer to do something completely different that otherwise I wouldn't have a chance to do.

Thanks for the insight guys!
 

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Pretty much what it sounds. Lots of bars have sand volleyball leagues. You go with a team, and play volleyball while drinking pitchers of beers.

You must live in the same city as me, probably go to the same school..... We have one of those places and it looks awesome.
 

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Without reading any of the other responses...

I will be in South Beach in two weeks... followed by Key West... and then possibly California for a few days...

My brain is fried.
 

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Planning on rereading BRS Phsyiology. Also going to start Goljan audio lectures and start thumbing through the book. Hope to get through the Goljan audio at least 1x if not 2x before second year starts.

Also hanging out a bit too. :thumbup:
 

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No point to Goljan over the summer OR BRS Phsyiology.

Especially if you are MS4.
 

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Research and perhaps actually enjoying the city I've lived in for the past year.
 

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I'm going back to my home state for a bit, then spending the rest of my summer backpacking through Europe. No research, no internship, just fun. Unbelievably excited.

I'm also interested in academic medicine, so I know I'll likely need to pick up a project at a later stage. Might be tough, but I'll cross that bridge when I come to it. Right now, I just feel like bumming around and experiencing things I likely will not have another chance to do for at least a decade.
 

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Continuing paid research for a prof and studying for the boards. :)
 
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How'd you sign up for that?! What kind of stats do I need to be competitive??? plz halp

1 girlfriend + 1 casual girlfriend + couple of friends with benefits + any other random girls that come along the way.

Fully serious. And no none of them know.
 

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1 girlfriend + 1 casual girlfriend + couple of friends with benefits + any other random girls that come along the way.

Fully serious. And no none of them know.

They'll find out eventually. Just make sure it's not during second year that'll be a ****storm
 

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They'll find out eventually. Just make sure it's not during second year that'll be a ****storm
I've been pulling this off since high school, believe me once you develop the perfect skills for it... they never suspect a thing.
 

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I've been pulling this off since high school, believe me once you develop the perfect skills for it... they never suspect a thing.

Haha, I would live in constant fear of being caught but kudos to you for making it work.
 

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My BS-meter is off the charts on this one.

Why? It's not hard to pull off when they never see your phone and only one of them sees you at school. And friends with benefits (and sometimes casual girlfriends) dont get into it that much cause nothing suggests you and her/him are serious.
 

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Why? It's not hard to pull off when they never see your phone and only one of them sees you at school. And friends with benefits (and sometimes casual girlfriends) dont get into it that much cause nothing suggests you and her/him are serious.

Aren't you worried about STDs at all? Condoms aren't full-proof. I'm guessing pros outweigh the cons for you though...
 

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Aren't you worried about STDs at all? Condoms aren't full-proof. I'm guessing pros outweigh the cons for you though...

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1 girlfriend + 1 casual girlfriend + couple of friends with benefits + any other random girls that come along the way.

Fully serious. And no none of them know.

bro, pretending that you're telling the truth... what's the point in even having a legit girlfriend if you're going to intentionally cheat on her with 1) "casual gf", 2) "couple friends with benefits", and 3) "every random girl that comes along"?

Who premeditates that? Are you an emotionally-******ed sex addict?
 
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bro, pretending that you're telling the truth... what's the point in even having a legit girlfriend if you're going to intentionally cheat on her with 1) "casual gf", 2) "couple friends with benefits", and 3) "every random girl that comes along"?

Who premeditates that? Are you an emotionally-******ed sex addict?

Truth. Nothing wrong with seeing multiple people if that's what you want to do, but cheating if you're in a serious relationship isn't cool. Just don't be in a relationship if that's your MO.
 

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Aren't you worried about STDs at all? Condoms aren't full-proof. I'm guessing pros outweigh the cons for you though...

Condoms are near perfect against HIV when used correctly (according to several HIV specialists). They're also highly protective against most STDs and I would put big money on that guys who get burned while using a condom probably are the type to store it in their wallets....
And the whole HPV fear mongering thing is nonsense, most of the non-virgin population gets it and almost all of the strands are 100% harmless. Then add in the fact that these girls arent major ******.

bro, pretending that you're telling the truth... what's the point in even having a legit girlfriend if you're going to intentionally cheat on her with 1) "casual gf", 2) "couple friends with benefits", and 3) "every random girl that comes along"?

Who premeditates that? Are you an emotionally-******ed sex addict?

What's so hard to believe about this? Among the people I talk to, some guys are well ahead of me in this department. Some girls arent overly into your business and just trust you, then casual gfs/FWBs/randoms dont care and are just there. It's not nearly as hard as it sounds to get away with it.

And why do I do it? Cause I want to. End of story.
 

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Condoms are near perfect against HIV when used correctly (according to several HIV specialists). They're also highly protective against most STDs and I would put big money on that guys who get burned while using a condom probably are the type to store it in their wallets....
And the whole HPV fear mongering thing is nonsense, most of the non-virgin population gets it and almost all of the strands are 100% harmless. Then add in the fact that these girls arent major ******.



What's so hard to believe about this? Among the people I talk to, some guys are well ahead of me in this department. Some girls arent overly into your business and just trust you, then casual gfs/FWBs/randoms dont care and are just there. It's not nearly as hard as it sounds to get away with it.

And why do I do it? Cause I want to. End of story.

:laugh: This is one of the funniest conversations I've ever seen on the internet!
 

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bro, pretending that you're telling the truth... what's the point in even having a legit girlfriend if you're going to intentionally cheat on her with 1) "casual gf", 2) "couple friends with benefits", and 3) "every random girl that comes along"?

Who premeditates that? Are you an emotionally-******ed sex addict?

Agreed. Lacks class.

What's so hard to believe about this? Among the people I talk to, some guys are well ahead of me in this department. Some girls arent overly into your business and just trust you, then casual gfs/FWBs/randoms dont care and are just there. It's not nearly as hard as it sounds to get away with it.

And why do I do it? Cause I want to. End of story.

I never understood the, "someone is doing worse than I am" rebuttal that is used so often, forgetting if what you're doing is right or wrong.

Oh, and taking advantage of someone because you want to? Not a great quality either.

You sound like a real winner.
 
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