summer between OMS1 & OMS2

giguerex35

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wanted to know if anybody had any tips on what to do in the summer between first and second year. I believe my school has about 3 weeks give or take a few days, so what would you recommend. I wanted to do some form of familiarization with board materials so any suggestions with that would also be helpful. I had originally had a research opportunity set up but that fell through after all this COVID stuff. please let me know what reccomendations for board prep and any other things that i should/could do during this time. thanks for the help
 

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It's completely up to you! My school gave us 2 months off and I didn't spend any of that time studying. In retrospect, studying over those two months probably wouldn't have done much for me but everyone is different. Just know that there is no pressure to use your summer to study.
 
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Also MS1. I managed to hit up an attending in my specialty of interest and he's going to let me write a case study which should only take a week or two (we get 2 months). Other than that, just planning on relaxing/keeping up with Anki reviews.

The advice I got a couple second years was essentially if you absolutely must do some studying watch sketchy micro and do the anki cards. Which I can see the merit of but I dunno if I can bring myself to do more than the bare minimum anki after an exhausting first year.
 
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I crushed all sketchy micro and pharm vids and started on pepper decks for each...
In hindsight, prob can just jump straight into lolnotacop micro and zanki pharm, which I started after I finished pepper decks at start of block 6

Honestly, just vibe and create a plan and stick to it, regardless of what others are doing.
 
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It completely depends on how you feel. There are plenty of people who take their summer off to recharge then go all out for boards studying their entire second year. I also know some people take a couple days off and then go right back to reviewing content. If you‘re super burnt out from the semester, take a break. If you feel you can get back into it, start/continue doing some zanki, BnB, sketchy, etc. and maybe get involved in a case report or two in the specialty of your choice.
 
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Send emails out and find someone to do research with. Even if you don't start anything until 2nd year starts, you can pick at the work during the year. 3 weeks isn't much of a break so enjoy the time while it lasts. A decent amount of my classmates tried to start zanki or do a pass of (insert board resource) over the summer and many felt burned out in the first few blocks.
 
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