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I'm a recent college grad applying to med schools next June (for 2010 matriculation). I'm looking to do some research, and have an interview for the IRTA program at the NIH. I've searched the threads, and haven't found any details on what it was like to work at the NIH under this fellowship...what were the hours like? Did you have enough free time to prepare well for the MCATs? Did you have enough time to take a course at a nearby university/community college? Do you think it'd be reasonable to ask that the fellowship start in a couple months (after the course is completed) and continue through the following year?