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Travelling during the summers in med school?

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I've been saving up for years for a big Europe trip and it doesn't look like it'll be able to happen this summer. If I get accepted to medical school this year, will it be possible to travel for 4-8 weeks in the summer after my first year?

The reason I ask is because I've heard that you should get research or other med-related work/volunteer experience in the summers during med school in order to be competitive for residency. 

I know this is a silly thing to be worrying about right now, but I've been pretty sad and I'm just trying to find something to look forward to.

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As long as your Med school doesn't run through the summer,  yes you can take time for an extended trip. (Although 8 weeks may be too much).  Many Med students will opt for a research opportunity and to make money, but it is not necessary.    Taking some time to look after mental health and unwind may be a better use of the time.

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1 hour ago, Meridian said:

As long as your Med school doesn't run through the summer,  yes you can take time for an extended trip. (Although 8 weeks may be too much).  Many Med students will opt for a research opportunity and to make money, but it is not necessary.    Taking some time to look after mental health and unwind may be a better use of the time.

Cry in 3 year program 

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My brother and I used the summers in 1st and 2nd year to travel. I can't possibly be out for 8 weeks in a row but we did take 2 2-week trips each summer. It's possible in 4 year professional programs, just got to plan around research opportunities and work/externships. Also, use the points from your LOC credit cards, they come in handy 

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Summers in med school are strictly for R & R, the next occasion to take time off will be retirement! With an upperclassman, I did a 3 week literature review that was published. Work is a zero sum gain as the bursary is reduced by the amount of employment income you receive.

 

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Always nice to balance the two. I spent about 3-4 weeks a summer doing a minor research project, which usually ended up as a poster or oral presentation, then travelled or spent time with friends/family/etc for the remainder.

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