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What should I do the summer after 1st year?

Discussion in 'Medical Students - MD' started by knight12, Apr 14, 2007.

  1. knight12

    knight12 Member 5+ Year Member

    Dec 27, 2004
    Unfortunately, I wasn't able to find a research position this summer. This is what I get for not applying vigorously. Do you have any suggestions as to what I can do this summer that is medically related? Also, will I have time to do research next summer?(between 2nd and 3rd year) Thanks.
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  3. Law2Doc

    Law2Doc 5K+ Member Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    Next summer (between 2d and 3d year) you will likely be spending the bulk of your time studying for Step 1, so I wouldn't plan on doing much else. As for this summer, is there a research office at your med school that helps people line up spots? If not, is your med school affiliated with a hospital? If so, just get ahold of the directory and start emailing to clinicians in research intensive specialties -- someone is bound to have something he could use assistance with. If money isn't an object, you could also use the summer to shadow in a specialty or two, and see if they interest you. They tend to let you do a lot more as a med student than they did when you shadowed as an undergrad.
  4. Critical Mass

    Critical Mass Guest

    Feb 23, 2007
    Hang out by the pool and sleep. :thumbup:
  5. Pinkertinkle

    Pinkertinkle 2003 Member 10+ Year Member

    Oct 16, 2003
    Slack your way to family practice in nebraska!
  6. MadameLULU

    MadameLULU Saucy Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Aug 14, 2004
    Relax, have fun, and don't study. Think of it as your last "summer" ever and enjoy it!
  7. 8o8o8o8

    8o8o8o8 2+ Year Member

    Apr 10, 2007
    if you really want to do research then go to the website of your affiliated hospital, select the dept you're interested in & look at the doc's recent publications. Email a bunch of them & someone will point you in the right direction. You are cheap labor for chart review.

    That said, i woud lay by the pool & enjoy your last summer!
  8. pratik7

    pratik7 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 10, 2003
    Atlanta, Ga
    If you do research, i would suggest setting something up on your own. Most schools will fund you with a stipend but they are usually 9-12 weeks. Find a doc on your own and pick something that is fairly easy yet novel. I did this last summer. I spent a week reviewing charts and got pretty decent results. Spent another week or 2 writing a paper and just submitted it for publication. :thumbup:
  9. naegleria brain

    naegleria brain 2+ Year Member

    Dec 24, 2006
    you have to ask around on your own. i refuse to believe that a school can run out of research opportunities.

    i found a guy who just became an editor for a review-source for orthopedic residents studying for boards. they paid $700 an article.

    that summer, i wrote 3 articles, first author on each.

    such treasures are hard to find, but if you look hard enough, you'll get it.
  10. UMP

    UMP Recovered Under-Achiever 7+ Year Member

    Aug 27, 2004
    wow... :eek: That's a very nice find
  11. MeowMix

    MeowMix Explaining "Post-Call" 10+ Year Member

    Jan 6, 2003
    Go to Mexico and learn to speak Spanish with moderate proficiency, which can be done in about 6 weeks unless you have enormous trouble with languages. You will be profoundly grateful as soon as you start clinical rotations, in almost any city in the US. It will save you tons of time. And your residents and attendings will love you because you will make their lives easier. This was the best thing I did in the summer after first year, and there were so many times during third year that I was glad I did it.

    If you can't go for 6 weeks, then take some beginner Spanish classes here or self-study, then go for 3 weeks. Stay with a Mexican family and socialize with hot Mexicans of whatever gender interests you, if you want to really practice your Spanish.

    My own recommendation for an excellent school is
  12. shivasHeroLike

    shivasHeroLike 7+ Year Member

    Oct 2, 2006

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