The summer between the first and second year of medical school is technically supposed to be the last one that we will have “off”. Knowing this, medical students are told to make the most of it, to fully enjoy the time they have. I chose (as did many of my classmates) to spend the summer working on a research project at the school. I did this for a couple of reasons. First, I am married so I wanted to stay in the area, and second, I knew that it would be a great experience (and look great on my CV). I also, however, knew that laboratory research was not something I found even remotely interesting and that I needed to find something else to research for the summer. Last winter I mentioned a desire to do some work in bioethics (to use the master’s degree I had already earned) to one of the deans at the school and he helped me find a faculty member who was interested in doing some bioethics research. I was so blessed to have gotten this opportunity! I worked on a project where we were going back through all of the ethics consults from 1990 to the present, classifying them into categories, and recording general demographic information. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the stories of the patients that the ethics service had worked with, and I have learned a lot about various hospital services and some of the doctor lingo. I will now be working on writing up an abstract to submit for a possible presentation at a regional conference and I may also write an article for publication. In addition to all of this, it has been GREAT to have some free time to do things I enjoy (but don’t necessarily have time for during the school year). My husband and I moved at the beginning of the summer so I took some time to do things like decorate the new house, redo a bathroom, and strip, pain, and cover a pergola. It has been a very fast and admittedly exhausting summer but I feel like I have gotten a great break from the chaos of medical school and I am excited to get back into the swing of things for the second year!