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Can research publications prior to medical school help for residency?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by lblock209, Sep 24, 2014.

  1. lblock209

    lblock209 2+ Year Member

    Aug 3, 2011
    Here's my situation. I've gotten into my top choice school. I graduated in 2013 and have been working in clinical research since then.

    Since I got in, this research is really a waste of time for me since it can't further contribute to improving my chances of getting into medical school... unless it helps my future in other ways (residency).

    I know that abstracts/posters/authors etc. are a big deal for residencies, but they are usually completed by applicants in medical school.

    If I were to get published at a time from now until before I start med school, can I use this for ERAS (residency) applications? If not, I would rather drop the research and just do something else during my year off.

    Any input (especially from residents/med students) is appreciated.
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  3. Law2Doc

    Law2Doc 5K+ Member Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    You list everything, but honestly very little you do before med school is counted by residencies for much.
  4. Lifeman

    Lifeman 7+ Year Member

    Jul 28, 2008
    Early admission?
  5. IslandStyle808

    IslandStyle808 Akuma residency or bust! 5+ Year Member

    Aug 5, 2012
    All publications do help from what I have read. YMMV for the ones done during undergrad. For example, if you published a neuroscience article during undergrad, it can help greatly if the field you want to enter is neurology or a similar field, but not so much if it is cardiology.
  6. ShabbaRanks

    ShabbaRanks 2+ Year Member

    Oct 27, 2013
    HopefullyMed School
    This is a great question. I am doing research during my gap year and I too would want to stop if I gained an early acceptance!
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