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To all you med students looking at competitive residencies out there, how much does your field of research matter for residency apps? (i.e. ortho research vs any other field when trying to match ortho)

I have some pretty extensive research experience (see MDapps) that I could easily continue but am wondering if I should tailor my research in med school to the field that I'm trying to go into. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
 
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I would continue your research because any research is better than none. With that being said I would personally look for more ortho oriented research opportunities while continuing the research you have going on now. I firmly believe while yes research in the field you hope to match into is important, I think residencies are trying to make sure you know how to research and are wiling to do research in an academic setting.
 
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I would continue your research because any research is better than none. With that being said I would personally look for more ortho oriented research opportunities while continuing the research you have going on now. I firmly believe while yes research in the field you hope to match into is important, I think residencies are trying to make sure you know how to research and are wiling to do research in an academic setting.
Thx for the advice!

When do med students typically look for field specific research? Post M1 summer?
 
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When do med students typically look for field specific research? Post M1 summer?
It all depends on your school and how things are set up. Some schools may have tons of research funding while some are not very research heavy. It also depends if you are an MD/PhD applicant. If so you will have ample amount of time for research. If you are a straight MD applicant I would say it varies by program. I would honestly focus on getting that acceptance before stressing over residency. You have four years until the match. Most Pre-med's chance their minds.
 

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It all depends on your school and how things are set up. Some schools may have tons of research funding while some are not very research heavy. It also depends if you are an MD/PhD applicant. If so you will have ample amount of time for research. If you are a straight MD applicant I would say it varies by program. I would honestly focus on getting that acceptance before stressing over residency. You have four years until the match. Most Pre-med's chance their minds.
Very helpful again, thanks!

Yeah, I'm definitely focused on getting in/matriculating before delving too deep into the match. Just wanted a general idea of whether I should start considering field-specific research.
 
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Very helpful again, thanks!

Yeah, I'm definitely focused on getting in/matriculating before delving too deep into the match. Just wanted a general idea of whether I should start considering field-specific research.
You are welcome. If I where you, after you are accepted and school begins or before it begins depending upon how close you are living to your soon to be new school. I would start making connections with the department of ortho at your university hospital.
 
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