Hi guys, hopefully some of you upperclassmen/residents can help me out with my dilemma. I am about to finish up my first year and I have about 8 weeks off. I am wanting to go into surgery, probably ENT, and I was wondering if I should take this time for myself (i.e. start reviewing for Step I, work out, work on my salsa dancing, party...you get the idea) or should I do a preceptorship/research position and try to publish/start smoozing with the faculty now. Will I have time to smooze later? I realize ENT is pretty competitive and seeing as how I just passed all my classes this year I really want to kick some butt on Step 1. Some people say that its useless to study so early as I will forget all the stuff. What are some things you guys did that really helped; did anyone here start studying for Step I early and find it useful??? Any insight would be much appreciated.