Planning on studying for MS1 courses or taking it easy?

Studying for MS1 courses or taking it easy

  • Studying for med school like a good responsible little student

    Votes: 23 27.4%
  • Trying as hard as possible to forget everything you learned in college

    Votes: 61 72.6%

  • Total voters
    84

Biscuit799

10+ Year Member
7+ Year Member
Oct 29, 2004
808
7
Status
I'm tempted to buy a Gross Anatomy textbook and look over it during my down time this summer, but most of me wants to take it easy and be as lazy as possible. Just wondering what ya'll think.
 

tinkerbelle

10+ Year Member
15+ Year Member
Jul 18, 2003
2,571
6
Neverland
Status
Attending Physician
Biscuit799 said:
I'm tempted to buy a Gross Anatomy textbook and look over it during my down time this summer, but most of me wants to take it easy and be as lazy as possible. Just wondering what ya'll think.
People keep saying that we shouldn't study and that we should relax this summer... since it is our last free summer ever. But I do have an anatomy book, and I have been glancing through it. I figure whatever little bit i study can only help. And i find it interesting anyways :)

edit: I'm was an engineer in undergrad, so another reason I'm do a little studying is b/c i feel like I'm going to be at a slight disadvantage compared to all of the science majors.
 

cammy1313

SDN Donor
10+ Year Member
5+ Year Member
Jul 19, 2004
498
0
39
Encinitas, CA
Status
Take it from someone that has known several friends to go straight from undergrad to med school, SOAK UP YOUR FREE TIME WHEN YOU CAN! Going through school for 16 years non-stop is enough, take advantage of your summer. It will become a precious commodity as years pass.
 
M

melimi

im thinking ill prob be glancing at some anatomy books
a friend actually gave me his USMLE step 1 study guide and ive been reading it

however..... do not do what i am doing since I just dont have another option.
i work full-time so i dont really have any "free time", and my last free summer ever was a while ago........ i basically study to keep from shooting myself at this boring-ass job
 

gbiz

Senior Member
10+ Year Member
7+ Year Member
Dec 13, 2004
370
0
MI
Status
Resident [Any Field]
this will be your last chance at time off, make use of it! :)
 

evajaclynn

Rock Chalk Jayhawk!
10+ Year Member
7+ Year Member
Jun 16, 2004
735
0
Kansas City
Status
Medical Student
Studying for MS1 right now? Heck no, count me out! I'm going to try to enjoy the little free time I have as much as possible. I'll crack the books hard come August, but till then, the only books I'll be reading will be for enjoyment.
 

Gr42

Member
10+ Year Member
5+ Year Member
May 27, 2004
81
0
Status
Biscuit799 said:
I'm tempted to buy a Gross Anatomy textbook and look over it during my down time this summer, but most of me wants to take it easy and be as lazy as possible. Just wondering what ya'll think.
Are you kidding me???????????????????????????? You are out of your mind!!! Take advantage of every minute of free time you'll have this summer. Once you start medical school in the fall you'll be begging for a break. You'll realize that Christmas breaks, thanksgiving, spring break (If you get one) are not long enough. Maybe the school you go to will screw you over like mine did by scheduling every test possible the first day after each break.
Do yourself a favor and have fun this summer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

guitarguy09

Member
10+ Year Member
7+ Year Member
Apr 23, 2004
348
0
Northeast
Status
Resident [Any Field]
My parents recently asked me what I was planning to do this summer and I replied, "absolutely nothing". They gave me a strange look and told them of my plans to go to Disney World with friends, London with my gf, and drive around the country. I think they thought I was being sarcastic, like usual, so they just changed the subject, but they're in for a treat come May! :laugh:
 

Jeff05

Senior Member
10+ Year Member
15+ Year Member
May 30, 2001
1,059
2
Visit site
Status
Attending Physician
1. do not study before med school. not necessary. unless, of course, you enjoy studing, then by all means.


2. this is NOT your last summer ever. medical school is like COLLEGE. yep, that's right. you study a lot first 2 years, but if you want you'll have plenty of time to chill and go out... then years 3 and 4 you basically have most of your nights and weekends free. you have to read a bit (no more than half hour/night...and that's a lot) but it's not bad, at all. also, you'll have at least 2 months between 1st and 2nd year during the summer. you can take off, or do some easy a$$ research project (the 10am-1pm kind, plenty of those around). then, you'll have basically the second half of your 4th year off - filled with rediculously easy rotations (come in 3 days/wk for a couple of hours...)

residency on the other hand...

.
 

redbeans

PGY-fo'
10+ Year Member
7+ Year Member
Feb 19, 2005
134
1
Status
Resident [Any Field]
Depends where you go...
Baylor has only one month break between 1st and 2nd year.

I graduated early and am spending all my would-be tuition money on going to Europe in a month, and then am planless til orientation. It's going to be so great. Maybe I'll go to Splashtown everyday.
 

Blue Scrub

The Gift & The Curse
10+ Year Member
7+ Year Member
Feb 16, 2005
1,028
1
Status
Every med student I've ever talked to said NOT to study the summer before you start...relax and take it easy...there is no need to study beforehand...be confident in your ability, you were accepted because academically you will be able to handle the work once you get there.....in the meantime, enjoy yourself!! :cool:
 

10minutes

M.D.Candidate
5+ Year Member
15+ Year Member
Apr 10, 2004
250
2
Virginia
Status
If I were to go back to the last summer, I'd definitely look over the materials beforehand. I have been in the serious disadvantage because I've never taken anything other than premed requirements. You guys have a lot of time before class starts so why not just invest 3 hours per day 5 days per week? I promise you, it will help you a lot. Even though I'll be spending most of my time this summer doing research (8am-5pm weekday job), I plan to use my night time and weekends for previewing 2nd year materials and preparing for step 1. Of course I will still enjoy weekends and keep working out during weekdays, which is good enough for me.
 

KitesurfDaEarth

Member
7+ Year Member
15+ Year Member
Apr 1, 2003
79
1
39
hawaii eventually
Status
10minutes said:
If I were to go back to the last summer, I'd definitely look over the materials beforehand. I have been in the serious disadvantage because I've never taken anything other than premed requirements. You guys have a lot of time before class starts so why not just invest 3 hours per day 5 days per week? I promise you, it will help you a lot. Even though I'll be spending most of my time this summer doing research (8am-5pm weekday job), I plan to use my night time and weekends for previewing 2nd year materials and preparing for step 1. Of course I will still enjoy weekends and keep working out during weekdays, which is good enough for me.

He might have a point, but i completely disagree with him. If I were you guys, I would do something that you have always wanted to do like backpack around europe, drive cross country, learn to surf, or work in a record shop. You have the rest of your life to study. For the rest of your career you will be bombarded with medical text. If you really want to learn, I suggest you try to learn some spanish or other language. Besides that relax, have fun, you won't regret it. My girlfriend and my younger brother will both be MS1's next year and that is exactly what I am suggesting to them.