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research requirements in med school!!!

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Dulcina, May 10, 2008.

  1. Dulcina

    Dulcina =) 5+ Year Member

    Aug 14, 2007
    So i'm trying to narrow down my list of schools that I'm applying to, and one factor is required research. MSAR says that these schools have required research, in one way or another:

    U of Colorado
    Albert Einstein
    Case Western

    Does anyone know anything about the length of each of these "research projects", the time required, whether it feels too overwhelming on top of the other parts of medical school, or any other details? Websites and MSAR are remarkably unhelpful for this sort of stuff.

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  3. mdgator

    mdgator 2+ Year Member

    Jan 25, 2008
    At Duke, it is not so much exactly a research requirement, although most students do choose to do research to meet the "scholarly project" requirement for third year. You can either spend 10 to 12 months doing research or you can pursue another degree, such as an MPH, during the third year. There are a few other choices. As for specific requirements that you have to meet with the research that you may choose to do, you'd have to refer to their website.
  4. Dulcina

    Dulcina =) 5+ Year Member

    Aug 14, 2007
    ahh yes, duke is the funny exception =)
    how do you feel about all the sciences being in year 1? Did you feel super rushed, or was it ok?
  5. mdgator

    mdgator 2+ Year Member

    Jan 25, 2008
    I would love to go to Duke if only for that reason. Unfortunately, I did not do any research in undergrad and didn't make a 39 on the MCAT, so I didn't get in. There are some very helpful Duke students in the Dukes Anonymous thread who would be happy to answer that. Femalescan'tdrive comes to mind.
  6. kevster2001

    kevster2001 Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Dec 18, 2004
    UW has a research component as well. Pretty easy, just fit it into the summer
  7. 87138

    87138 Guest

    Jan 14, 2006
    Penn State has required research.
  8. Pinkertinkle

    Pinkertinkle 2003 Member 10+ Year Member

    Oct 16, 2003
    Most required research is BS you could pull off in a few days to a week. But you'd be shortchanging yourself if you did that.
  9. yale11

    yale11 7+ Year Member

    Mar 22, 2008

    people take research quite seriously here, for the most part. the last few classes have done their research theses projects in:
    clinical/transitional ~45%
    basic science ~40%
    global/public health ~10%
    humanities & arts ~5%

    some do very little, spending only the 3 months between 1st and 2nd year doing research. others use this time plus some of their elective time in the 4th year. yet others do a 5th year of funded research to delve more deeply into the project of their choice. the school is very very supportive of student research and people get a lot out of it. i'm starting in the lab in 1 month - exciting!
  10. Law2Doc

    Law2Doc 5K+ Member Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    Bear in mind that most competitive residencies like to see research these days, so most med students will do some research regardless of where they go. The majority will do research over the summer after first year. I probably wouldn't try to choose a med school based on which one allows you to avoid research, because you may ultimately find you really are interested in a field that expects it.
  11. GuardianAngel

    GuardianAngel 2+ Year Member

    Dec 4, 2007
    I'm a current Duke student. Doing everything in one year is AWESOME!!! I would hate to waste two years in the books.

    At Duke, you get to do a full year of research and still graduate in four years. You get to take Step 1 of the boards after having a full year in the clinics, unlike any other school that I'm aware of. You also have the option of taking Step 1 after your third year, during which you have plenty of time to revisit the material from first year in the context of your second-year clinical experience, so I think being at Duke is a HUGE advantage for Step 1.

    And if that's not enough, you can also take advantage of your research year to work at a location where you may want to do your residency and do some networking there.

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