It’s that time! The summer after one of the hardest years of medical school, first year. I never thought that a year would go by so fast but before I knew it I was calculating glomerular filtration rate and deciding what I should do during my time off. It’s true that this summer is truly the only “real” summer we get to have as medical students. By real I mean a time period without any responsibilities other than laying by the pool or zip lining in Australia (#bucketlistnumber35). The next few summers will be filled with board studying, rotations, and eventually residency. So what do medical students really do during their real summer?
- Travel: Many students take this time to go on vacations with family and friends. To be honest it doesn’t have to be zip lining in Australia (unless that is on your bucket list as well). It can be renting a beach house a few hours away or playing tourist in your own state/country. However, going abroad can make for amazing Instagram photos of the culture, cuisines, and landscapes.
- Research: Although research is not necessary, many students choose this time to dive into a project they can continue throughout their career or publish an already existing piece of work. Research can either make an applicant stand out among any specialty and it’s full of learning experiences.
- Relax: Seriously, many of us don’t get the opportunity to sleep in or read leisurely. This time can be the opportunity for many to spend time with loved ones, start a new hobby, or achieve a personal goal.
Since I couldn’t really decided what I wanted to do, I decided to combine all three! I am currently working on a clinical research project, volunteering at a free clinic, and planning my next getaway. Don’t worry I made PLENTY of time to just relax. In fact just today I took my dog on a walk near the lake by my house and enjoyed the sun. What do you have planned for this summer!?!