• Set Yourself Up For Success Webinar

    October 6, 2021 at 2 PM Eastern/11 AM Pacific
    SDN and Osmosis are teaming up to help you get set up for success this school year! We'll be covering study tips, healthy habits, and meeting mentors.

    Register Now!

  • Funniest Story on the Job Contest Starts Now!

    Contest starts now and ends September 27th. Winner will receive a special user banner and $10 Amazon Gift card!

    JOIN NOW
  • Site Updates Coming Next Week

    Site updates are coming next week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Click the button below to learn more!

    LEARN MORE

What to do summer before med school

helpmedecide2020

Full Member
Mar 3, 2020
21
18
11
  1. Pre-Medical
I'll be starting at a t5 school in august. I've been sitting around in my parents' basement for the last two months finishing up my senior year online but not really doing anything else. I was originally planning to work in my old lab this summer to try to get more pubs out but then the whole pandemic happened. I want to pursue a competitive specialty like ortho or neurosurgery so I don't really want to just sit around all summer not being productive. What are other incoming M1s doing? Is there anything I can start reading or studying? I want to find an ortho lab at HSS, maybe even apply to their competitive summer research fellowship for 2021, anything I can do to prepare for that?
 
  • Like
Reactions: 1 user

LizzyM

the evil queen of numbers
15+ Year Member
Mar 7, 2005
25,699
44,106
326
  1. Academic Administration
Learn to make coffee at home if you don't already know how.
Learn to make inexpensvie, healthy meals that can be put together with little active time (quickly on the spot or in a slow cooker) or in advance in batches.
Build some healthy routines that you should be able (mostly) to maintain in medical school.


Read for pleasure -- if you get any pleasure from reading -- or take the opportunity to enjoy whatever you can enjoy given the circumstances. Making good memories now will keep you warm through the long slog that is your first winter in medical school.
 
Last edited:
  • Like
  • Love
  • Hmm
Reactions: 15 users

helpmedecide2020

Full Member
Mar 3, 2020
21
18
11
  1. Pre-Medical
Learn to make coffee at home if you don't already know how.
Learn to make inexpensvie, healthy meals that can be with little active time (quickly on the spot or in a slow cooker) or in advance in batches.
Build some healthy routines that you should be able (mostly) to maintain in medical school.


Read for pleasure -- if you get any pleasure from reading -- or take the opportunity to enjoy whatever you can enjoy given the circumstances. Making good memories now will keep you warm through the long slog that is your first winter in medical school.

I don't drink coffee and I mostly eat at dining halls or fastfood/delivery. I already have a good workout schedule. I have never really read for pleasure either. Is there really nothing else to do? My entire senior year was already really relaxing and these past two months I've just been playing video games all day and going on runs. I feel like I'm slowly becoming stupid lol.
 
  • Haha
Reactions: 1 user
About the Ads

cbdblmad

I sell propane and propane accessories.
2+ Year Member
Jan 31, 2019
125
135
116
  1. Medical Student
I don't drink coffee and I mostly eat at dining halls or fastfood/delivery. I already have a good workout schedule. I have never really read for pleasure either. Is there really nothing else to do? My entire senior year was already really relaxing and these past two months I've just been playing video games all day and going on runs. I feel like I'm slowly becoming stupid lol.
During my two gap years I've worked full time since the monday after I graduated (graduated on a friday) and will work until the week before orientation. Coming from somebody who doesn't have the chance to do nothing, please enjoy the time off. Everybody starting in august is in for it and we will be wishing we could sit around doing nothing again.
 
  • Like
Reactions: 1 users

helpmedecide2020

Full Member
Mar 3, 2020
21
18
11
  1. Pre-Medical
During my two gap years I've worked full time since the monday after I graduated (graduated on a friday) and will work until the week before orientation. Coming from somebody who doesn't have the chance to do nothing, please enjoy the time off. Everybody starting in august is in for it and we will be wishing we could sit around doing nothing again.

I worked day and night during undergrad both for school/lab work/part-time job. I enjoyed those times more than now. I admit though I'm probably a little bit of a workaholic but I like being busy since it gives me something to do.


I agree with what @LizzyM said about learning to make healthy, but time efficient meals. This will help out with your daily routine because time is so valuable in medical school.

I mostly just eat out since I live in nyc. Don't really like cooking. What about starting to look for research? I heard ortho research is really competitive to get into and I have no background in ortho. What about tutoring for mcat and maybe making some extra $$.

May be try to fix things around the house like my son does. I heard that handyman skills are useful for future Orthopedic surgeons :)

Haha I actually have been helping around with garden work and fixing the roof. Get to use the drill
 
  • Like
Reactions: 1 user
About the Ads

cbdblmad

I sell propane and propane accessories.
2+ Year Member
Jan 31, 2019
125
135
116
  1. Medical Student
I worked day and night during undergrad both for school/lab work/part-time job. I enjoyed those times more than now. I admit though I'm probably a little bit of a workaholic but I like being busy since it gives me something to do.

I mean what are you looking for? There's a pandemic on, lots of states need nonclinical medical volunteers to do a huge number tasks. Go set up a community drive to support often forgotten medical workers. Call your local hospitals and churches to see if you can organize a few meals for night shift and weekend staff since they get left out a lot due to admin not being around at those times. You have 9-10 weeks to do something, if you're looking for something medical school related you're not going to get anything worthwhile/long lasting done in that time frame.
 
  • Like
Reactions: 1 users

helpmedecide2020

Full Member
Mar 3, 2020
21
18
11
  1. Pre-Medical
I mean what are you looking for? There's a pandemic on, lots of states need nonclinical medical volunteers to do a huge number tasks. Go set up a community drive to support often forgotten medical workers. Call your local hospitals and churches to see if you can organize a few meals for night shift and weekend staff since they get left out a lot due to admin not being around at those times. You have 9-10 weeks to do something, if you're looking for something medical school related you're not going to get anything worthwhile/long lasting done in that time frame.
The things you suggested are actually exactly what I'm looking for. I wish I could help but I feel like I'm late to the game and I'm unsure if I would be helpful. I'll keep those things in mind though. I just like studying and even if it won't help me that much in med school I'll still do it.
 
  • Like
Reactions: 1 user

LizzyM

the evil queen of numbers
15+ Year Member
Mar 7, 2005
25,699
44,106
326
  1. Academic Administration
The things you suggested are actually exactly what I'm looking for. I wish I could help but I feel like I'm late to the game and I'm unsure if I would be helpful. I'll keep those things in mind though. I just like studying and even if it won't help me that much in med school I'll still do it.

Read stuff you won't have time to read after med school begins and treat it like studying. There are some huge lists of recommended books here and there on this forum...
Crosby's book on the 1918 pandemic and Barry 's book on the same topic are a good start for a topic very relevant today.
The Hot Zone.
And the Band Played On.
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.
The Checklist Manifesto.
Knife Man.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
 
Last edited:
  • Like
Reactions: 1 user

cbdblmad

I sell propane and propane accessories.
2+ Year Member
Jan 31, 2019
125
135
116
  1. Medical Student
Read stuff you won't have time to read after med school begin and treat it like studying. There are some huge lists of recommended books here and there on this forum...
Crosby's book on the 1918 pandemic and Barry 's book on the same topic are a good start for a topic very relevant today.
The Hot Zone.
And the Band Played On.
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.
The Checklist Manifesto.
Knife Man.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
+1 on The Hot Zone. Micro by Michael Crichton was finished posthumously by the author of The Hot Zone and is good as well.
 
D

deleted688779

Slightly related question: I’ve been out of school for a few years and I worry my brain forgot how to study...or think. Any current med students felt the same, how did you deal with it (if anything)?
 
  • Like
Reactions: 2 users

datboi_58

Full Member
2+ Year Member
Jun 2, 2018
308
442
116
The things you suggested are actually exactly what I'm looking for. I wish I could help but I feel like I'm late to the game and I'm unsure if I would be helpful. I'll keep those things in mind though. I just like studying and even if it won't help me that much in med school I'll still do it.
If you’re truly bored and like studying, you can do research that doesn’t count as research. You don’t have to be in a lab or part of a team to do research. Reading books or articles counts as research. You can probably even access scientific journals and other journals if you have still have access from your college and read the literally thousands of papers on thousands of different topics. You can even spend time creating theories after you’ve gained sufficient knowledge and you’ll be ready with a research project when you’re in school. Of course, you don’t get credit for any of this and you probably can’t put it on your resume but if you’re just wanting to learn, there’s research for you.

And if you like studying, there’s free online courses at edx.org, many by top institutions. Knock yourself out!
 

A_Knowbody

Full Member
Feb 27, 2020
69
124
66
  1. Medical Student
Maybe not what you’re looking for, but I’m enjoying hobbies and spending time with friends, family, and SO. Once you start school, you will have a limited schedule that won’t allow you the freedom to do things you enjoy. I also consider myself a workaholic. That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy things away from work. The next 4 years will be filled with school, volunteering, research, etc and I’m excited to throw myself into...once I get there and start school.
 

Amyloid_Beemer

Full Member
2+ Year Member
Jun 2, 2018
16
12
86
1. Learn how to use Anki, check out The Anking YouTube page for tutorial videos

2. Develop hobbies or things that can help you de-stress

3. Relax and enjoy one of your last free summers, keep in contact with close friends and family


Sent from my iPhone using SDN
 
  • Like
Reactions: 1 users
About the Ads
This thread is more than 1 year old.

Your message may be considered spam for the following reasons:

  1. Your new thread title is very short, and likely is unhelpful.
  2. Your reply is very short and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  3. Your reply is very long and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  4. It is very likely that it does not need any further discussion and thus bumping it serves no purpose.
  5. Your message is mostly quotes or spoilers.
  6. Your reply has occurred very quickly after a previous reply and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  7. This thread is locked.