Clinical research is clearly closer to medicine, so that may be added motivation. Also, it is probably somewhat easier to get a publication.Hi, I was thinking about research opportunities and was interested in a few projects in both clinical and basic science research. I was wondering if there are any advantages/disadvantages with either one. Thanks
Okay, based on what you have said above, I would recommend that you do clinical research. Reasons: (1) you are not planning on spending that much time--one summer is barely enough to learn a set of experimental techniques well--forget about doing basic science research (successfully) while in med school; (2) in some fields, doing basic science can really set you apart--not psychiatry (in my opinion); and (3) I think you can accomplish all of your research objectives doing clinical research.Thanks for the insight.
1) how much time do you intend on spending on the research (and is it time off or while you are on the wards)
I was for sure considering doing research the summer after MS1, and if I research is worthwhile I would probably try continue during 2nd year. As far as 3rd year, I am not too sure yet. I would have to see how I am able to manage rotations with the research.
(2) have you chosen a field (or narrowed the choices down)? What is it?
As I am a first year, I entirely sure as to what field I would be interested in, but I do have a very strong interest in psychiatry.
(3) are you doing research because it will make you more competitive and/or do you have particular personal objectives/goals to reach with the research?
There are a few reasons behind why I would like to pursue research. First, I have done research in the past and have really enjoyed it. I don't really want to be a full time researcher, but I would enjoy collaborating with other researchers when I can. Additionally, I am considering academic medicine I would like to do research to keep myself competitive in case I would like to pursue this later on down the road. As far as the goals go for the research, I would like to get published (hopefully as one of the top authors) and also build a mentor relationship with someone in psychiatry. I hope this helps!
I'm going to disagree with some of your "pros" for basic science. While it's true that some of this stuff really CAN be high impact and more valuable, a lot of it isn't. I've lost count of the number of people who I've meet through undergrad on who told me about how their research on Alzheimer's/ Spinal cord regeneration/ obesity biochemistry/ and every type of cancer was really "Cutting edge, it's amazing stuff".Advantages
-Easier to do, faster to finish
-Relevant to patients
-Rarer, more valuable
-More interesting (IMO)
-Boring, mostly paperwork.
-Case reports are a dime a dozen.
-Lengthy experimentation can often result in zero useful data