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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by freedom88, Apr 22, 2007.

  1. freedom88

    freedom88 New Member 2+ Year Member

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    i am a freshman doing research in the enotomology dept (identifying developmentally regulated genes in mosquitoes). the research has gone well this year and my mentor has offered me an oppertunity to continue next school year, as well as, mentioned the potential of publishing a paper in couple of years (if i keep it up). my question is this: should i (1) continue in the entomology dept since i am already established and there seems to be future potential, or (2) decline the offer in hopes of attaining a research position more directly related to a biomedical field (perhaps one that I am more interested in)?
     
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  3. Catalystik

    Catalystik Providing herd protection Physician Faculty SDN Advisor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

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    Considering the number of people killed every year by malaria, or made ill by other mosquito-bourne illnesses, I'd consider any research that might impact the control of these insects to have biomedical implications. In my opinion, you should stick with what you're doing. It sounds interesting and will be unique.
     
  4. pillowhead

    pillowhead Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    Agreed. I think mosquito gene regulation definitely has major biomedical applications even if it is very basic science oriented at this stage. Honestly, any biological sciences research is impressive for med schools and genetics is definitely a biological science. It doesn't have to be human related at this stage by any means.
     
  5. enigma85

    enigma85 7+ Year Member

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    Do you enjoy the research? And do you think you can get a strong letter of recommendation from your research advisor? If so, stick with it. There is a lot of research in mosquitoes that is medically related or has major implications for medicine, especially Tropical Medicine/Microbiology/Infectious Diseases such as Malaria, Yellow Fever, Dengue Fever, Encephalitis....
     
  6. freedom88

    freedom88 New Member 2+ Year Member

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    thanks so much for your opinions/suggestions
     
  7. Green Pirate

    Green Pirate Neurotic Neuro Enthusiast 5+ Year Member

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    hmm... i thought entomology was the study of ents....:confused:
     
  8. EBI831

    EBI831 legend in the making 7+ Year Member

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    hahaha lord of the rings reference. stick with it if it pleases you and you can turn it into a sweet rec letter but from my experience i did entomology research on leaf beetles for 5 months, diabetes research for a summer, cancer research for a summer, and infectious disease research for a summer and while the other research opps/experiences came up in interview Qs, the leaf beetles (tho on my AMCAS prominently) were never even alluded to.
     
  9. 45408

    45408 aw buddy 7+ Year Member

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    don't do it if you hate it, but don't quit it because you don't think it will look "good enough" because it's fine
     

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