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  • Summer is upon us!

  • While having fun and enjoying yourself should be a top priority, having fun and being productive

  • are not mutually exclusive.

  • Stay tuned for tips on how to maximize your summer vacation.

  • What's going on guys!

  • J from MedSchoolInsiders.com.

  • I'm gonna split this video up into a few different parts: first, I know that many viewers are

  • not necessarily on a pre-med or healthcare track, so I'll first go over general summer

  • tips.

  • These pieces of advice will be applicable to all students regardless of major or career

  • trajectory.

  • Next, I'll go over specific topic for pre-meds and med students.

  • So let's get started with the general tips.

  • Time is your most precious resource.

  • Therefore don't waste it.

  • Focus on spending your time doing one of two things: either having fun or being productive.

  • Try to do both if possible.

  • So, the first tip is on Lists/Scheduling.

  • As many of you are well aware, I am a systematic guy and I love being organized.

  • As I've grown older, I realized that one of the best ways to stay on track and deliberate

  • with your time is with lists and scheduling.

  • Create a list of goals at the beginning of your summer break.

  • This list should include not only professional goals but personal as well.

  • Do you want to exercise 5 times per week?

  • Are you planning on taking the MCAT?

  • What about research or a jobset goals early on in whatever it is you decide to do

  • and work towards them.

  • 2.

  • Don't forget to Enjoy Summer!

  • There's a spectrum with regards to how much each person likes to work versus have fun.

  • Most people tend to be pretty good at having fun and relaxing and not as good with staying

  • focused on work.

  • Other people work too hard at the expense of their happiness and mental health.

  • This piece of advice is for the latter group of people.

  • Be sure to properly unwind, relax, and give yourself a mental break from the stress of

  • the academic year.

  • Again, be deliberate with your time.

  • Plan out ahead how you want to relax, otherwise you may waste it and may neither have fun

  • nor being productive.

  • By being deliberate with how you want to use your free time, you will end up feeling more

  • refreshed, recharged, and happy with how you spent your time.

  • The third tip is to Get Outside of your Comfort Zone.

  • During the school year we tend to fall into routines for better or worse.

  • Due to class schedules, homework, studying for tests, and other responsibilities, it

  • is much more difficult, although certainly not impossible, to make meaningful changes

  • in our lives.

  • Summer break is one of the best opportunities as a student to make changes, to get outside

  • your comfort zone, to try something you've always wanted, to learn a new skill, or to

  • pick up a sport.

  • Set out a plan of action on how to incorporate these changes and add them to your list and

  • schedule.

  • Consider having an accountability partner if that helps you stay on track.

  • Now onto the tips for pre-meds, med students, and other students seeking a career in healthcare.

  • 1.

  • Use your summer to Get Clinical Experience.

  • Hands-on experience in the hospital, clinic, or other healthcare setting not only helps

  • you by padding up your CV and your med school application, but also gives you the much needed

  • insight to decide whether this career is right for you.

  • I f you haven't already, check out my video on deciding whether a career in medicine is

  • right for you.

  • If you can't imagine yourself becoming an emergency physician after volunteering in

  • the ED, consider getting involved in a different healthcare setting.

  • For example, surgery is pretty awesome!

  • There is a variety of ways to gain clinical exposure.

  • Volunteering in the hospital is the most basic and common method, where you approach your

  • local hospital or clinic and sign up to be a volunteer.

  • While not a bad place to start, there are better options that provide you with more

  • health-focused tasks rather than scutwork.

  • Some ways to gain greater clinical relevancy with your volunteer work is to join an organization

  • designed for pre-meds.

  • At my undergrad, there were several organizations that offered clinical volunteering for pre-meds.

  • They also had a fairly competitive application process.

  • Some of these organizations are also tailored for clinical research that you perform, with

  • the added benefit of increased exposure and interaction with patients and physicians.

  • More on that in a little bit.

  • Next you can do Shadowing.

  • Shadowing physicians is important, but it's mostly to demonstrate to the admissions committee

  • that you are committed to medicine and understand what it means to be a physician, not what's

  • portrayed on TV.

  • However, shadowing is a fairly passive process where you just observe.

  • While you are still learning, you're not pushing your own limits, learning new skills,

  • or accomplishing a great deal.

  • This is important, but don't spend too much time on Shadowing.

  • Next, you can also get certified to work in healthcare and other areas such as a scribe,

  • EMT, ER Tech, Medical Assistant, etc.

  • I didn't do this, but these are certainly great ways to get immersed and make money

  • while you're doing it.

  • If you want to take up a job as a pre-med, this is not a bad option.

  • Last, mission trips can be a good way to gain exposure while traveling and helping in underserved

  • communities.

  • I participated in one of these programs.

  • The ethical discussion of such trips is beyond the scope of this videojust know that

  • not all mission trips are created equal.

  • You ultimately want to be making a positive impact on the place you visit.

  • Next up is Research.

  • Research is not mandatory for gaining admission into a medical school.

  • However, if you are going for a highly ranked med school, research becomes increasingly

  • important.

  • Research demonstrates that you understand the scientific process, that you will likely

  • continue performing research and producing publications moving forward, and that you

  • are committed to progress and improvement of the medical field.

  • Research for pre-meds is primarily divided into basic and clinical research.

  • Basic includes benchwork where you are pipetting, working with mice, etc.

  • Think wet lab.

  • Clinical research on the other hand is where you are performing research with actual patients.

  • Think databases, surveys, etc.

  • I ended up doing both while in college.

  • So, my basic science research position was in a cancer lab, and I was paid hourly at

  • a fairly good rate.

  • Most research positions, however, do not pay, they are usually volunteer positions.

  • You may have to start with an unpaid volunteer position and build up your experience to qualify

  • for a paid position.

  • My clinical research position overlapped with volunteering.

  • I worked in the ED and enrolled patients who met inclusion criteria into a study.

  • I was able to interact with patients, physicians, and the whole healthcare team.

  • Equally important, during down time I was able to explore patient care outside of the

  • OR, which is where I witnessed a neurosurgical intervention for the first time and got exposed

  • to surgery.

  • Like many things in life, you get out what you put in.

  • Last, don't forget to pursue and cultivate your fun extracurriculars.

  • Like I said earlier, be sure to enjoy your summer as well.

  • You can do this while also building your CV and application.

  • This should be something you enjoy outside of Medicine.

  • All applicants are going to have clinical experience volunteering, most will have research,

  • they'll have an MCAT score and a GPA, but these fun extracurriculars will be unique

  • to just you.

  • They make you more three-dimensional.

  • For example, I had a friend who started a longboarding Club which has nothing to do

  • with medicine, but it demonstrated initiative, passion and leadership abilities and he had

  • a blast while he was doing it.

  • Now, I joined a competitive dance team and picked up graphic design using Photoshop Illustrator

  • and InDesign.

  • I ultimately obtained a leadership position and we went to place at several competitions.

  • This similarly demonstrated leadership skills and creative or artistic qualities which were

  • very fitting for plastic surgery.

  • Alright guys, those are my six tips for your summer break.

  • I hope you found them helpful.

  • Let us know in the comments of what your summer break plans are.

  • Thank you all so much for watching.

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  • New videos every week, so hit subscribe if you have not already and I will see you guys

  • in that next one.

Summer is upon us!

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