Research in rad onc is definitely a plus, but having done good research in general is still very good. In my experience, having done more translational oriented research makes you come off as more serious about academics.mailee88 said:For Rad Onc, what type of research would you recommend doing prior to match? Do they really look at people who's done rad onc research or can I do cancer research or other types as well?
The more research you do, the more it will generally help you, particularly if you're interested in academia. If there is some time between 2nd and 3rd year, you might consider taking up a small project. Realistically, it will be difficult to significantly partake in a research project during your core rotations in 3rd year. In the beginning of your 4th year, however, I would schedule a rad onc rotation and try to get your hands on another project that you could perhaps continue working on as you continue your 4th year. I don't know how flexible your school is on electives, but you might want to look into the possiblity of creating your own research elective as well in your 4th year (it was possible at my school).Savasana said:Do I need to look into other research opportunities? I thoroughly enjoyed it, and would be interested in doing more, but there is no Rad Onc research rotation at my school. Any advice? I know that I don't have Step I scores or even clinical grades yet, but have done well in all my basic sciences so far. I'm serious about the field, and would appreciate advice on what I can do to make myself a competitive applicant.