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Sophomore Summer.....

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Tawantinsuyu, Sep 25, 2014.

  1. Tawantinsuyu

    Tawantinsuyu Guest Banned 2+ Year Member

    Jan 17, 2014
    What do you think would be the best way to spend my summer if I'm pre med? Not sure if I'm going to be taking the MCAT next year. I don't want to sound like I'm trying to check boxes, but my job options are...
    a. Pool lifeguard, Probably would have extra time to volunteer in the hospital
    b. Ocean lifeguard
    c. Try and get a research position in a lab
    d. Get a paid position in a hospital as a transporter or something

    I think I'd enjoy doing any of these, but which do you think will benefit me most in the long run in terms of med school?
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  3. Afford

    Afford 2+ Year Member

    Jul 29, 2014
    c or d
  4. Aerus

    Aerus Elemental Alchemist 5+ Year Member

    Apr 20, 2012
    hSDN Member
    hSDN Alumni
    I did research, volunteered at a hospital, and studied for the MCAT. Just do something meaningful that will keep you busy.
  5. Gregor Wiesmann

    Gregor Wiesmann 2+ Year Member

    Nov 13, 2013
    Any of those should be fine, just don't do what I did.......Summer OChem is not fun.
  6. Strudel19

    Strudel19 5+ Year Member

    Jul 14, 2011
    hSDN Member
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    If you are in a position to take the MCAT, definitely study for and take the MCAT.
  7. soccerusa

    soccerusa 5+ Year Member

    Aug 10, 2011
    City of Angels
    Try and get a research position. If this cycle has taught me anything, it is how much productive research is valued at the more competitive schools.
  8. Omppu27

    Omppu27 El Tiburon 5+ Year Member

    Aug 12, 2011
    Pawnee, Indiana
    What do you think you'd enjoy the most? Which of these experiences have you had the least about of exposure to?

    I think at least having exposure to research is something you should do just so you know sorta how it all works. However, I think getting clinical position is most important (EMT, nursing aid, or maybe even a PT aid). It really surprises me how many of the applicants can decide that they want a career treating patients with only doing around 100 hrs of patient contact experience (I never could...).

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