How important is NIH $$$ for a medical student with an interest in research?

linguini

Hopeful member
10+ Year Member
7+ Year Member
Aug 5, 2008
914
3
Status (Visible)
  1. Pre-Medical
First of all, if this has been asked before, I apologize!

I plan on pursuing research (most likely clinical) in medical school, whether that be a few months or an entire additional year. I've noticed that big research schools boast the amount of research $$$ they receive (e.g. Duke, Pitt).

As a hopeful MD (not MD/PhD) who wants to pursue research in medical school, is this something I should seriously consider in choosing the right school for me? Do MD students doing research benefit significantly from this funding, or does it primarily get "used up" by faculty and PhD or MD/PhD students?
 

richse

Full Member
10+ Year Member
7+ Year Member
Sep 19, 2007
422
2
PA
Status (Visible)
  1. Medical Student
First of all, if this has been asked before, I apologize!

I plan on pursuing research (most likely clinical) in medical school, whether that be a few months or an entire additional year. I've noticed that big research schools boast the amount of research $$$ they receive (e.g. Duke, Pitt).

As a hopeful MD (not MD/PhD) who wants to pursue research in medical school, is this something I should seriously consider in choosing the right school for me? Do MD students doing research benefit significantly from this funding, or does it primarily get "used up" by faculty and PhD or MD/PhD students?

Funding will definitely play a role in how many research positions are available. It is not only for the faculty and MD/PhD students, you would also use your PI's grant money for any research performed. However, you probably wont have any problem finding a lab that will take you in, med students are cheaper since we pay our own tuition and get no stipend. We are basically the same price as a PhD or MD/PhD student that is doing a roation in the lab. Once they choose a lab for a thesis, they generally become more expensive since the lab's grant money starts funding them. If you are work study, it might be a little more expensive for the lab to support you, but at an institution that does a decent amount of research you still should not have a problem.
 
About the Ads

CourageKid

Don't mind me
10+ Year Member
Sep 21, 2008
181
0
Status (Visible)
  1. Medical Student
As a hopeful MD (not MD/PhD) who wants to pursue research in medical school, is this something I should seriously consider in choosing the right school for me? Do MD students doing research benefit significantly from this funding, or does it primarily get "used up" by faculty and PhD or MD/PhD students?

The more money a lab has, the more you can spend on reagents, experiments, etc. So that's the benefit of working in a well-funded lab.

But I wouldn't personally have NIH funding itself be a factor in my decision. If you're really concerned with the level of research a school is putting out, pick a few departments you might be interested and look around their websites. See what work is being done and what kind of publications they're producing. Are there any major initiatives being pushed/advertised? Overall, I think that if you are looking to get experience, most schools are going to be totally able to provide this.
The only real distinction I've seen between generally strong schools is that some can be more clinical/translational in focus versus others that do more bench research. Most try to be well rounded though.
 
Last edited:

scarletgirl777

Full Member
10+ Year Member
Mar 25, 2008
2,367
160
Status (Visible)
  1. Medical Student
First of all, if this has been asked before, I apologize!

I plan on pursuing research (most likely clinical) in medical school, whether that be a few months or an entire additional year. I've noticed that big research schools boast the amount of research $$$ they receive (e.g. Duke, Pitt).

As a hopeful MD (not MD/PhD) who wants to pursue research in medical school, is this something I should seriously consider in choosing the right school for me? Do MD students doing research benefit significantly from this funding, or does it primarily get "used up" by faculty and PhD or MD/PhD students?

I think what's most important is seeing how easily you can access that money. If all that money is distributed to fund PhD students or residents and their stipends, how useful is that? Figure out how easy it is to join a group and get funding for your projects or a stipend for a year off or a summer of work.
 
About the Ads
This thread is more than 12 years old.

Your message may be considered spam for the following reasons:

  1. Your new thread title is very short, and likely is unhelpful.
  2. Your reply is very short and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  3. Your reply is very long and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  4. It is very likely that it does not need any further discussion and thus bumping it serves no purpose.
  5. Your message is mostly quotes or spoilers.
  6. Your reply has occurred very quickly after a previous reply and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  7. This thread is locked.