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What are some good kinds of research projects for doctors?

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Dr^2

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Considering that doctors have serious time constraints that may make it hard to do research on living things (what if you can't make it back to lab to passage your cells?) what kinds of projects allow for weird schedules?

So far I've come up with genome scans and some types of radiology research...

Share your ideas, please!
 

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Do you mean residents or attendings?
 

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Considering that doctors have serious time constraints that may make it hard to do research on living things (what if you can't make it back to lab to passage your cells?) what kinds of projects allow for weird schedules?

Uh...how about everything under the umbrella of clinical and/or translational research?
 

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Uh...how about everything under the umbrella of clinical and/or translational research?

A research project might initiate from anything. An attending might be curious about something during rounds, for example 'What works best for myasthenic crisis, plasmapheresis or IVIG?" Nobody knows, so an M3 is assigned to find out. He runs a pubmed search and finds no studies, so a project is born. Or he finds conflicting evidence, so the question morphs into "What works best on our patient population?" or "Which has the best cost/benefit ratio?" In an academic setting attendings have access to money, large numbers of cases, gruntwork via residents and students, and experts in biostatistics and other fields which helps make the whole process easier and less time-consuming (for the attending).
 

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Any project that can be done strictly on a computer is good--chart reviews, and any kind of computational study. Computational studies are obviously very flexible and forgiving of mistakes.
 
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