2+ Year Member
Feb 1, 2017

I am a third year DO student looking to apply to PM&R residencies next year. My hospital does not have a lot of resources or availability for research opportunities towards this field. I was wondering what the best bet would be to find some researching opportunities in this field? I have reached out to several local physicians and most have told me they don't have anything available now. I did well on my boards (comlex 657, Step I 242), and have other areas of extracurriculars....but I do not have much experience in research since I started medical school and feel like it would be something that could help me be more competitive for the higher programs. Thanks.
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2+ Year Member
Feb 4, 2016
Resident [Any Field]
I would personally look for interesting cases on your rotations and pursue writing a case report (try to submit somewhere for a presentation). As a medical student, that's one of the easiest things you can do. It can be in PM&R or not, could be some similar neuromusculoskeletal topics, like neurology, orthopedics, neurosurgery, child neurology, pain, sports, osteopathic manipulative medicine, rheumatology, etc.
Mar 10, 2020
Attending Physician
Look at the Association of Academic Physiatrists website. They have some summer externship opportunities for research. Not sure if they are still open for applications though. Don't feel like you must have research to compete however, this is just something you can address in your interviews. Or as a quick comment in your personal statement about what you are interested in with respect to PM&R.
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