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Hey Everyone,

Quick background: I have research "experience" in a masters, getting through an entire project that has stalled thanks to politics and a PI who won't let me type up the manuscript. I also did undergrad research, but the point is that I have no pubs.

I want to go into surgery (thinking general, not 100% though).

I LOVE ANATOMY. My masters is in anatomy, I have the class high as of now, yeah, I love love love anatomy.

Now for the question:
Would any surgeons and/or residency experts mind commenting on their opinion of doing a summer anatomy fellowship, versus pushing for a summer research internship? I feel like having no publications is looming over me, but my passion for teaching anatomy and further solidifying my knowledge in that would be amplified by an anatomy fellowship.

I would appreciate comments from post-med school individuals, thanks.
 
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I'm not an expert in surgery residency requirements, but from the surgeons I spoke during rotations many said there are programs that require you to do 1 or 2 years of research as part of your residency. You do have research, but many times people see that as "checking off box to get into medical school." Showing a continued effort to do research can project that you are actually interested in it and will likely contribute to the field in the future -- even if you are still really doing it to match.

EDiT: Also if you change your mind about the field, having research is always positive.
 
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I know in my heart you're right, but man that kind of bums me out. The anatomy fellows at my school get paid $30/hour to tutor! I would so love to do that, and I have a wife and kids, so that money would be amazing... *shrug* you're right though, I'll start applying to research internships.

Anyone have tips on getting research internships? What really helps you get into those? Do M1 grades help or matter? Most of the deadlines are around March so I feel like my Fall grades could factor in if they even look at that. Will having no pubs make it tough to get into one?
 

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I know in my heart you're right, but man that kind of bums me out. The anatomy fellows at my school get paid $30/hour to tutor! I would so love to do that, and I have a wife and kids, so that money would be amazing... *shrug* you're right though, I'll start applying to research internships.

Anyone have tips on getting research internships? What really helps you get into those? Do M1 grades help or matter? Most of the deadlines are around March so I feel like my Fall grades could factor in if they even look at that. Will having no pubs make it tough to get into one?

Here's a good place to start, ignore the Penn-specific details:

Short Term Opportunities | Research & Fellowship Opportunities for Penn Med Students | Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Getting one of these society research fellowships is all about having your mentor be a big shot. If you can convince a big name in academic surgery to take you on as a summer research student, they can help you apply to one of these. Also see if your med school offers summer research fellowships. Might be possible to double dip.
 
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Hey Everyone,

Quick background: I have research "experience" in a masters, getting through an entire project that has stalled thanks to politics and a PI who won't let me type up the manuscript. I also did undergrad research, but the point is that I have no pubs.

I want to go into surgery (thinking general, not 100% though).

I LOVE ANATOMY. My masters is in anatomy, I have the class high as of now, yeah, I love love love anatomy.

Now for the question:
Would any surgeons and/or residency experts mind commenting on their opinion of doing a summer anatomy fellowship, versus pushing for a summer research internship? I feel like having no publications is looming over me, but my passion for teaching anatomy and further solidifying my knowledge in that would be amplified by an anatomy fellowship.

I would appreciate comments from post-med school individuals, thanks.

Do whatever will get you published more.
 
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