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Summer: Research or Vacation?

Discussion in 'Medical Students - MD' started by Lolo08, Apr 30, 2007.


Summer after MSI

Poll closed May 7, 2007.
  1. Research

    11 vote(s)
  2. Vacation/relax

    13 vote(s)
  1. Lolo08

    Lolo08 Member

    Mar 21, 2005
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    If you had to choose, how would you spend the last summer after MS1? Research or relax/vacation? Let's just say you couldn't do both; do you feel it's more important to relax to get ready for the upcoming monstrous MSII? Or plunge straight into research, work overtime, and bust your a$$ trying to impress the PI, maybe get your name on a publication?
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  3. Cards21aceking

    Feb 27, 2007
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    Really depends on where you want to be 4 years from now. Take a look at some of the match results from AAMC. If you look at the people who matched in some of the more competetive fields, a significant number of them engaged in some sort of research/project during their medical education. I think a small amount of self-evaluation can go a long way with this decision. It's a never-ending debate that will always be catered to the individual. If you need the break, then take it. You're better off doing well in the second year and not having a publication vs. getting a paper and flunking out of path and pharm.
  4. Rogue Synapse

    Rogue Synapse The Dude Has Got No Mercy

    Apr 11, 2006
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    You can do research and still have a relatively more relaxed life than your typical med school day. I went to grad school, which at times was like a vacation compared to med school. It's still hard work, but at least you're more likely to be able to work time off into your schedule. And it will definitely help later on down the residency road. But don't just do research for the hell of it/purely to get ahead. Work on something you can be passionate about; your PI will see right through it if you don't care about it.

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