Research and Anesthesia

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  1. camry

    camry Junior Member
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    Hi everyone,
    I was wondering if research specific to anesthesia was needed to match in these top places you guys are headed to. I'm a 3rd year was planning a couple months of medicine-subspecialty research this spring - will this be of any benefit to an anesthesia app?
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  2. BassDominator

    BassDominator Senior Member
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    I'm not certain it's required.... but it certainly can't hurt. All some interviewers wanted to know about was my research.

    Does the research have to be specifically in anesthesia? Probably not. A lot of work in other fields is related to anesthesia.

    I did research specifically in anesthesia, but more often interviewers were interested in cell biology work I had done as an undergrad or advance directive research I had done as a first year. Sure, this stuff could be related to anesthesia or the ICU, but that wasn't my intention at the time.
     
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    Interesting. I did research between undergrad and medical school. So if I include this on my CV, there's a good chance I'll be asked about it in interviews?

    What kinds of questions did your interviewers ask about your undergrad research?

    Thanks.
     
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    Only two places asked about my undergrad research: Columbia and Penn.

    Columbia was very interested in the work I did on calcium signalling. I didn't realize it as an undergrad, but this topic is very relevant to anesthesia. I think my interviewer was salivating until I told him I didn't remember exact results. I did that work 6 years ago and he was expecting me to remember very intricate details.... that was a little nuts. He wouldn't let it go, either. Don't worry.... I'm sure my experience at Columbia is rare at other places.

    Penn asked about the research only because my interviewer knows my old research advisor. Then he said something along the lines of, "Don't worry.... I know nothing about that stuff, so we won't go there."

    Several places I interviewed asked about my advance directive research. The conversation was generally benign. They usually asked about how I did the study and what I found. I gave them a two or three sentence synopsis. Then, they moved on to the next question. This is more the norm than my experience at Columbia.

    A few places didn't even ask about my research at all. I think it's really unusual for them to ask about research before med school unless they have a specific interest in the work you did. Nevertheless, you should be prepared to talk about anything you put on your CV. Some interviewers like to play the game of asking about several random things on your CV. It could be anything from your hobbies to some activity in college.
     
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    Thanks Bass.

    I wasn't sure if I should brush up on that research for interviews or not. If I decide to include it on my CV, I will definitely have to go back and refresh my memory. I was wondering if interviewers would ask detailed questions about the project that would require in-depth knowledge to answer. Based on your experiences, it sounds like I should know enough to hold a conversation but not every little detail. After all, it will have been almost 4 years since I seriously thought about my project. :eek:
     

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