What's happening everyone? I'll be starting med school in the fall (not sure where yet but somewhere in SoCal) and I wanted to know, just how much free time do you have as med students? The reason I ask is because I'm planning on specializing in orthopedic surgery (not dead set on it but highly interested) and it seems that in order to match for a competitive residency program like ortho, they expect you to be a well-rounded applicant that has done research, lots of extracirricular activites, etc. Is there really enough time to be doing significant extracirricular activities during med school? I got the impression that there's not much time outside of studying for exams (unlike undergrad.) Compared to the demands of taking a full load at your undergrad institution, how much less free time do you have in med school? (I know it varies depending on what year you are--I'm mostly interested in years 1-3).