How much time would you have to do research?

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  1. bionerd89

    bionerd89 2+ Year Member

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    Hi, how much time do you think a first year student would have for research? I really want to join a lab during my first year but I'm not sure if that is possible based on course load. thanks
     
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  3. NeuroLAX

    NeuroLAX Discere faciendo 2+ Year Member

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    Depending on your schedule it could be rather difficult during your first semester. That's something you'll have to figure out yourself. It is doable.
     
  4. Koan

    Koan ASA Member 7+ Year Member

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    It's very possible, but I agree with NeuroLAX that you'd want to be careful first semester. Most people have to adjust their study strategy a few times to get it right and become efficient. Also consider doing a research fellowship between M1-M2.
     
  5. DrEnderW

    DrEnderW 2+ Year Member

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    I'll echo what others have said... wait until you know you're excelling in school before taking on research.

    I wrote two papers during 1st semester M1, but one was more of a lit review and the other was completing/ adding revisions for a mostly written paper for previously done research. I wouldn't have been able to manage a worthwhile lab project while shooting for the class rank I wanted. I don't personally know anyone in my class that did basic science research during 1st semester, but obviously there are those that do and do it well. If you're doing well and feel comfortable with your time, I'd consider taking on a small project 2nd semester M1 with your focus on setting up a major position for the summer.
     
  6. scoKraz4

    scoKraz4 2+ Year Member

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    1st semester I would not advise. Get adjusted to school. Your #1 priority is finding your groove. Once groove is found, consider research.
     
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  7. chiddler

    chiddler 5+ Year Member

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    Me before starting: "I WILL DO RESEARCH AND GET STRAIGHT A'S AND I WILL BE THE BESTEST STUDENT EVER"

    Me now: "If I can just study enough to get a C, I can get a few extra hours of relaxation"
     
  8. Back 5

    Back 5 7+ Year Member

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    Most schools will have research opportunities during our breaks?
     
  9. DrMaximus

    DrMaximus PGY1; CA-0 5+ Year Member

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    I do a little basic science research during the week (like 3-4 hours). But I did a summer research fellowship and I think that's totally the way to go.
     
  10. Koan

    Koan ASA Member 7+ Year Member

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    Your school may have clinical programs abroad (ours has a Global Health program that includes clinical experience and research in places like Tanzania, China, etc.) Outside of your school, summer fellowships are offered by professional societies or other organizations / hospitals, e.g.:

    Pediatrics: APS summer research program
    Anesthesia: FAER summer program (MSARF)
    HHMI summer program
    Gold Foundation summer program
    ...many more, check this page: http://www.med.upenn.edu/mdresearchopps/shortterm_opps.shtml

    I did the FAER summer program, knowing that I wanted to do anesthesia. Learned a ton, met a lot of leaders in the field, got a paid trip to the annual conference in San Francisco and gave an oral presentation on my work. This yielded an abstract, a LOR, a meeting with the PD of the program I was working at, and it was a really fun experience. Lots of people tell you to lay on the beach all summer...which sounds cool, but this way you're getting paid and can still take weekend trips since research hours are relatively light.
     
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  11. happypremed1

    happypremed1 2+ Year Member

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    Are these programs competitive to get? I remember the undergraduate programs being very difficult to obtain as I applied to a bunch and didn't get any. Near the end of the spring, I kinda had to scramble by emailing 10 PIs at my school and was lucky to even get a few responses.
     
  12. Koan

    Koan ASA Member 7+ Year Member

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    The year-long programs (HHMI, Doris Duke, etc) tend to be most competitive, but yes for all of these you'll be competing with MD and DO students nationally. Directly contacting PIs is another great approach, but you're less likely to get paid and it lacks the supposed 'prestige' of an established fellowship.
     

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