Year off between MS2 and MS3?

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  1. SuferMD

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    Just wanted to know if anyone has heard of anybody taking a year off between MS2 and MS3. Is it rare? Just wondering and planning ahead. Thanks
     
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    Some folks do so for specialty related research, or for pregnancy or health reasons, but I wouldn't recommend it just as a break.
     
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    You have to be careful about this one if you have fedaral loans. I think the payment schedule kicks in after a few months if you drop below 50% of your credits without good reason (i.e. chilling vs. doing research etc.).
     
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    Agreed. Most people don't take off b/w that time, the few ones that take off a year is because of research. Some also take off b/w 3rd and 4th year to do research also.
     
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    I did a year of research in laparoscopic surgery, which I feel was very worth it. It's not necessary at all, but it allowed me to spend a lot of time with my mentoring physician and get experience that I wouldn't have otherwise.
     
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    I also took a year in research. It was a school sponsored fellowship, so no problems with loans. I got my research done as well as a much needed break, which was equally important to my decision to take a year off. The other 5th years, as we call ourselves, got additional degrees (MBA, MHA, MPH). Can you get a year of rest doing these academic programs? We thought so. Good luck.

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