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What do I do this summer for med school?

I want to try to go to Medical School after college, and I know I should be doing research this summer, but everything was cancelled due to Corona virus. What should I spend this summer doing instead that would help my chances at getting into med school? #medicine #doctor #premed #medical


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John’s Answer

I am going to respectfully disagree with the others and say the last thing you should be doing in studying for the MCATs. I don't know what undergrad path you're taking to medical school, but the CV-19 pandemic represents a unique opportunity for anyone studying to go into science, medicine, or even computers. As of last week there were no less than 78 compounds ready to go into clinical trials for Covid-19, and researchers around the globe are working around the clock to fully understand the virus and to develop vaccines, therapeutics, and even new protective gear. In hospitals and healthcare facilities, the physicians, nurses, and other staff are overwhelmed and in desperate need of help. There are hundreds of opportunities to get involved. You won't get to do a research project and the work may not be glamorous, but it will shine on any application or resume and it represents an invaluable opportunity to network. Most importantly, you will gain first hand experience and be helping the world.
I would check online for local opportunities,reach out to hospitals and laboratories, and talk to your professors. It will definitely pay off.

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Yasemin’s Answer

Hi Henry! This a very valuable question because a lot of people are in this boat! I agree with studying for the MCATS, but first off it's important what level of undergrad you are in; if you're only a freshman then maybe studying for the MCATS can hold off for a bit until you gain more knowledge of the subjects! To be honest the world is very uncertain right now, you can most definitely reach out to your professors or your adviser and see about research opportunities, they will probably have the best information regarding research right now whether for COVID or another subject of interest. Maybe you can still help out in a lab or even from home because professors may need certain things to be conducted online like spreadsheets and delivery orders for research materials. Also don't try to limit yourself during the pandemic to where you need to only do something COVID or science-related; these are uncertain times and medical schools look to see you as a well-rounded applicant. That being said, if you help with a food drive, go shopping for your elderly, or maybe even tutor your younger family members or your neighbor who is having a difficult time coping with online classes, that also can make a difference! There are also blood drives on college campuses especially with the shortage so you can also help with that and it's along the lines of being medical as well.

Best of luck! Stay safe and healthy!

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Rachel Plafker’s Answer

Great question. The world is certainly upside down. It might behoove you to call a medical school Admissions Officer and ask that specific question!

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Estelle’s Answer

I would consider focusing on taking classes necessary to get into medical school, or studying to take the MCAT, which is the required entrance exam.

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Richard’s Answer

You could study for the MCAT.

Or take some summer classes to free up time next school year when the research labs are open to undergraduates.

Have you considered trying to get certified as an EMT?

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Rachel’s Answer

I agree with above. Get the best MCAT score possible, and use this time to study. Also, there may be ways that you can remotely help with research opportunities. I would get in touch with professors and ask about possible opportunities to contribute to a project online.

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