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any ideas what this professor is trying to say

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by PlsticSurgWanab, May 17, 2008.

  1. MichaelG17

    MichaelG17 7+ Year Member

    Dec 20, 2007
    I am in contact with a professor about undergraduate research. He sent this to me

    "Are you looking for straight research or would a job doing clinical scut work fulfill your needs..."

    clinical scut work??
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  3. WSUCougar2012

    WSUCougar2012 2+ Year Member

    Apr 27, 2008
    Scut work might mean menial jobs like cleaning stuff and putting items on shelves..Not really sure though.

    That's my guess.

    EDIT: Turns out I was right.

    Noun1.scut work - trivial, unrewarding, tedious, dirty, and disagreeable chores; "the hospital hired him to do scut work"
  4. fizzle

    fizzle New Member 10+ Year Member

    Aug 23, 2006
    I think he's not-so-subtly asking if you're interested in research for a potential career or as resume padding for medical school.
  5. 87138

    87138 Guest

    Jan 14, 2006

  6. LikeClockWork

    LikeClockWork Guest

    Jul 23, 2007
    Exactly. He's probably had one too many pre-med students who just don't care about the work and just want a LOR and a space on the AMCAS out of the deal.
  7. DreamyKid

    DreamyKid 10+ Year Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    Actually I think he's asking if you want to do the research part or the clinical part. A lot of people don't know what the lab does. I remember someone applied to the research I'm in, thinking it was going to be bench science, while we do clinical stuff in the hospital. So I think he wants to know if you want to do LAB experiments or CLINICAL work. Maybe I'm wrong though :oops:
  8. Thumper137

    Thumper137 Banned

    May 17, 2008
    If I were you I would take the horse by the reins and tell him you're serious about learning. That's how you impress professors.
  9. HumidBeing

    HumidBeing In Memory of Riley Jane Moderator Emeritus Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 2+ Year Member

    I think DreamyKid hit it, unless the guy does ONLY clinical research.
  10. Scean

    Scean whats a goon to a goblin? 7+ Year Member

    Jan 2, 2007
    I'd say we could all stop guessing on interpretation and you could write him back saying how you weren't sure quite what he was asking and then describe what exactly YOU want out of the experience. If you fully understand what the lab does (and you should), and you fully understand what you want out of the experience (of course), then this shouldn't be a problem and future correspondence could be clear.
  11. 87138

    87138 Guest

    Jan 14, 2006

    I still agree with fizzle. Maybe it's because I'm particularly cynical, but to me the prof is clearly asking whether or not this student is serious about research or serious about adding "research" to his resume.
  12. redlight

    redlight Senior Member :D 5+ Year Member

    Jan 10, 2008
    yea this was my impression as well


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