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What did you do summer after m1? just decided to not do anything school related and train twice a day to compete in a tournament before m2 year starts. Wanted to get a head count on who else did this. Read multiple threads on this, but made this thread cause I'd like to get a new head count. Thanks to anyone who contributes, but if you don't feel like taking the time out to answer it's understandable.
 

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What did you do summer after m1? just decided to not do anything school related and train twice a day to compete in a tournament before m2 year starts. Wanted to get a head count on who else did this. Read multiple threads on this, but made this thread cause I'd like to get a new head count. Thanks to anyone who contributes, but if you don't feel like taking the time out to answer it's understandable.

I waitressed on a boat cruise on Lake Champlain. I took the last 3 weeks to fly out to the west coast and did a road trip between Seattle and San Francisco.
 

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I read books, played music, did a lot of running and went out most nights. I most certainly didn't build my resume, and I'm glad for that...
 

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I learned to sail, i played a ton of golf, and went to a few concerts, and did absolutely nothing productive.
 

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I backpacked on the Appalachian Trail for 5 weeks. It was amazing.
 

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So basically, me going to Florida with my family in lieu of doing research is perfectly OK?
 

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oh wow, thanks for the response. i didn't even think i'd get two cause these posts are generally rather lame :)

just made me feel that much better about my non academic plans for this summer.
 

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Man, this is actually a great thread. Hope you don't mind me chiming in even though I'm an attending.

I hung out with friends and family. I played a bunch of golf. I'm pretty sure I didn't crack open any books that summer.

Easily one of the greatest summer breaks of my life!
 

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Played golf, hung with family, trip to Peru!

I wouldn't change a thing...
 

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Worked full-time in a totally non-medical field. It was fun and helped make living on student loans not as bad. But also worked part-time as a scribe in the ED to buff the CV.
 

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About half of those who matched in EM did no research, so not a big deal. Now if you decided that you wanted to go into something where research is pretty much expected (derm, plastics etc) getting a jump on it wouldn't be a bad idea. Also the question is less if it is okay not to do research over the summer, but more of do you want to do research at all during medical school? If you say you want to do research at some point, you might decide that you'd rather do 2 or 3 hours a week over the summer rather than have to spend that time second and third year when you are also trying to study.

Again, you aren't going to get penalized for taking the summer off, but there are also ways to do some "work" without it dominating your summer. No need to sign up to be in a lab 40 hours a week.
 
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