You may have heard that getting research experience is beneficial as a prospective medical school applicant. Summer can be an ideal time for gaining such experience, since pre-med students typically carry rigorous, time-consuming course loads in the regular semesters. Also, there are many formal summer research programs that exist. It is not too early to compare your options and identify important application deadlines. The American Association of Medical Colleges maintains a list of Summer Undergraduate Research Programs on their website, and it is a nice place to begin your exploration.