Vlog #2: How to Maximize Your Research Year

This week, I talked about taking a research year in med school. It’s a common misconception that once you’re in med school, it’s a straight shot to graduation with no time for pit stops. That isn’t the case anymore. Now, we see more and more students taking time off to pursue outside interests, not limited to research. I briefly covered this topic in my post about taking a gap year here.

There are many reasons for taking a gap year. Students may decide to pursue a second degree like an MPH (which is increasingly common), engage in global health, start a family, or pursue research full-time, among many other reasons. Med schools are generally very accommodating for these situations, because they encourage personal and professional growth beyond med school.

In my vlog, I focus on the topic of a RESEARCH gap year. I address topics like finding a good mentor, deciding between bench (basic science) vs clinical research, and even scheduling tips to have the most productive year. Check it out and comment below on your own experiences!


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