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Discussion in 'Medical Students - MD' started by jrunyan, Feb 21, 2001.

  1. jrunyan

    jrunyan Junior Member 10+ Year Member

    Oct 28, 2000
    Corunna, MI, USA
    Hi All,

    I am curious to see what some of the accepted medical school students did for research before medical school. How many of you have a masters degree?

    Just curious to know,

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  3. FourthTime

    FourthTime Member 10+ Year Member

    Sep 2, 2000
    The summer after I graduated, I worked for the USDA performing endocrine research on gypsy moths. I performed microsurgery to extract a tropic hormone from their necks that influences another hormone (ecdysone) to induce the pupa stage from the larva. We were trying to find a biological control for a growing gypsy moth problem in Maryland. I wanted to find an antagonist of the tropic hormone (this involved HPLC, radioimmunoassays, ELISA, etc..) It was the most boring thing I've ever done. It drove me to become a clinician. (I should say that I don't think research in general is boring, simply that research with bugs is boring!)

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  4. I did a fair bit of research before medical school, including:

    longitudinal cognitive and motor changes in neurodegenerative diseases

    cognitive and motor changes in CVA

    use of primary care clinics to reduce readmissions to VA hospitals for patients with DM, CHF and COPD

    use of KT/V as a measure of dialysis adequacy

    tacrine drug trial

    Diabetes Prevention Trial - Type 1

    bone mineral density in women veterans

    And I do have a Master's degree (Exp. Psych). Hope this helps.
  5. Medigirl

    Medigirl Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 13, 2001
    San Antonio, TX
    I am finishing up a research project in Pediatric Infectious Disease, studying the molecular biology (genetics, phenotypes, etc.) of group B streptococcus. I actually started this project during college and was asked to continue full-time after graduation. The good news: I have lots of free time and have been published several times. The bad news: the pay is just enough to live on. Then again, I work as a research tech. and do not have a master's or PhD. Around here, you can make more money working for a biotech company than for a university, but publications are fewer at biotechs.
  6. caffeinegirl

    caffeinegirl Physician 10+ Year Member

    Nov 2, 2000

    I've done two years of research in college. It was in a physiology laboratory studying the effects of antenatal glucocorticoids on liver metabolism in rats, sheep, and baboons, and relating that to humans.

    I can say that research was a great experience, and also that I was able to see live animal surgeries, which broadened my horizons from "human" medicine

  7. Two major research projects for me:

    1) design and implementation of an MRI RF pulse and gradient sequence for 3D acquisition.

    2) design of a microprocessor-controlled, field programmable gate array implementation of an implantable cardiac pacemaker.

    "There is nothing more powerful on this Earth as a man who has nothing to lose. It does not take ten such men to change the world--one will do." Elijah Mohammed

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