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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by pwrpfgrl, Jan 5, 2002.

  1. pwrpfgrl

    pwrpfgrl Senior Member
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    Hi,
    I've been agonizing over this for the past few days - can anyone give me some adivce?
    I finished my undergrad in 2000 and have been working in biotech - and planning to apply to med schools next year. Right now the work I do is mol. bio for agricultural research - but I have an offer at another company to do development of HIV diagnostic tools. I really like what I do now and might even be in line for a promotion, but will the HIV work look more impressive? Thanks for the help!!
     
  2. megkudos

    megkudos Senior Member
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    Don't do what will look impressive. Do what you like more. It will show if you like something or not and honestly both are science realted anyway--not that big of a difference. Being an individual and loving your job are things adcoms will look for, not what type of job you have!

    Good luck!
     
  3. Sonya

    Sonya Senior Member
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    Hi,

    Stick with your agricultural stuff, if you like it. Maybe if you were offered in agricultural vs. HIV, you should choose HIV (MAYBE). But, if you're making good progress w/ the agricultural stuff and enjoy, then stick with it.

    Are you working in a company? I'm thinking of doing work in a company after I graduate before medschool. but I need advice about how to approach companies, and whether i should do company vs. univ research.
     
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  4. pwrpfgrl

    pwrpfgrl Senior Member
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    Thanks for the help!

    I do work for a pretty big company. I've actually found it's easier to find work in industry vs academia (plus, it usually pays better). Not to mention that there is a lot of money to spend on equipment and materials (no re-washing pipette tips over and over). On the other hand, it's business, so everything is driven by the bottom line and what will make a profit. I'm pretty new to it all, but it seems to me that the caliber of research is equivalent, although might be considered less "pure" by some. Hope this helps!
     
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