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What to do summer before med school

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helpmedecide2020

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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?
 

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Email residents and attendings in programs at your med school. Quickly introduce yourself and explain that you are very interested in ortho and have a lot of research experience and that you want to get involved in remote research. Tell them you would continue to work with them after all this madness is over. You may get a response or 2.
 
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helpmedecide2020

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Nothing. Enjoy your time off. Go buy some video games.
lol I wish but that's all I've been doing for the last two months. I've been playing like 10 hours a day of pubg, won a couple online tournaments actually haha. The first couple of weeks I enjoyed the freedom but now it's driving me crazy. It's probably my personality but I feel like I need to be something useful. I hate relaxing especially for so long since i feel like my brain just melts away. Is there really nothing to read or study? Even if it only marginally helps me once classes start I just want to do something academic.
 
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I used anki when studying for mcat so I'm sort of familiar with it. Do people usually make their own decks, or use premade ones. Any recommended decks I should use?
Anking is literally the deck name lol, google it and there’s a huge premade one out there. I’m not starting it but I’m taking a look at it just to get acquainted
 

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Anking is literally the deck name lol, google it and there’s a huge premade one out there. I’m not starting it but I’m taking a look at it just to get acquainted
Anking deck is OP and has cards tagged based on board review material (B&B, pathoma, sketchy, etc). Watch some of Anking’s youtube channel to learn some advanced anki. Other than that, chill and brainstorm a good study plan. I’ve just hit Valorant in Valorant. That new riot fps
 
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Work on your adulting skills if you're lacking any. Learn to cook/meal prep, budget, do basic home and auto repairs & maintenance. Start an exercise routine, get your coping skills in good order.
 
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