Is it possible to begin a new clinical research project about 5 months before my step 1 date? We get 6 weeks of dedicated study time for step 1 before our third year begins. Should I bother doing research now or begin research during third year?
Depends very much on the research project and what it entails and the commitment your PI expects from you. Regardless of your research, Step 1 is an objective metric. No point in having a lot of research if you don't have the other stuff that is important also.Is it possible to begin a new clinical research project about 5 months before my step 1 date? We get 6 weeks of dedicated study time for step 1 before our third year begins. Should I bother doing research now or begin research during third year?
Op, yes you could do research. HOWEVER, your future self may find yourself here:
Trying to relate to your current self a message. A message you will not be able understand currently. A message that does not make sense at the current time. You are ignoring this message right now because it can't possibly mean anything.
Is it dust? Or is a message? Maybe you need to do that research, maybe the existence of mankind needs you do that research? But what if your future self is telling you study? But wait, what if your future self is not a point where he or she fully understands the complexity of the situation? What if the initial message to study is short sided? What if at a later point at that later time your future self realizes that you needed to do that research? What if it is a good thing that you ignore your future self's messages to study and focus on that research, despite the fact that studying would have allowed you in the short time to get what you want right now, but in the long term you do something great? What if?