mocho22

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Hi everyone,

I've been reading around for a while but my first thread ever. I was just wondering in terms of research for an year off after undergrad and before starting medical school. How do you go about finding it at a Medical University? Who to contact, where to start looking? Also when is a good time to start contacting people for research? Also how do you find paid research rather than voluntary research b/c I have a lot of voluntary research as is.

Thanks so much! I appreciate any advice!
 

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Hi everyone,

I've been reading around for a while but my first thread ever. I was just wondering in terms of research for an year off after undergrad and before starting medical school. How do you go about finding it at a Medical University? Who to contact, where to start looking? Also when is a good time to start contacting people for research? Also how do you find paid research rather than voluntary research b/c I have a lot of voluntary research as is.

Thanks so much! I appreciate any advice!
I am not quite their my own self but from other threads on this forums I can maybe help a little bit. You are wanting to engage in some research before entering Medical School, right? Do you plan on going to medical school to work in a research facility afterwards or are you going to follow through and work in a hospital/clinic enviroment?
 

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How do you go about finding it at a Medical University? Who to contact, where to start looking? Also when is a good time to start contacting people for research? Also how do you find paid research rather than voluntary research b/c I have a lot of voluntary research as is.
Try looking through the faculty web pages for descriptions of their research interests and pick a couple that are interesting to you. From there you simply shoot off a few emails. First ask if there is any position available. Once you get into discussion of the details start talking about compensation, etc (don't make it the first item on the agenda).

I just finished doing something like this so I'll break down my timeline.
- Graduated in May '11
- (Hopefully) matriculating in med school August '12
- Contact a handful of PIs (via email) in early May '11
- I ended up starting my research in the beginning of June '11

My emails went something like this:
Hi Dr. PI,

I came across your faculty webpage while browsing through the alchemy department's homepage and your current research project regarding witchcraft and wizardry caught my eye. I was wondering if you might be looking for any lab help for the upcoming year.

I am currently finishing up my BS in physiology from ITT Tech (I graduate in two weeks) and will begin a one year post-baccalaureate program at University of Phoenix Online in the fall. Since the program entails a relatively light course load I was hoping to supplement my time doing some bench-top research.

Would you have any positions available for the upcoming year? (Either starting in the summer or the fall?) If so, please let me know and I'll share my CV/resume/transcript with you.

Thank you,
-aSagacious-
 
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ponyo

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Try looking through the faculty web pages for descriptions of their research interests and pick a couple that are interesting to you. From there you simply shoot off a few emails. First ask if there is any position available. Once you get into discussion of the details start talking about compensation, etc (don't make it the first item on the agenda).

I just finished doing something like this so I'll break down my timeline.
- Graduated in May '11
- (Hopefully) matriculating in med school August '12
- Contact a handful of PIs (via email) in early May '11
- I ended up starting my research in the beginning of June '11
I just want to mention that while this worked out for aSagacious you will probably want to contact PIs much earlier than May of the same year, especially if you don't have all that much experience. At the more competitive labs spots often fill by late February.

Otherwise the drill is pretty much the same... Email, express interest, talk about technicalities, etc.
 

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A lot of people cold email. Contact PIs who are conducting research relevant toward your interests at a medical/graduate school. A lot of PIs want to have some sort of student in the lab, but because of the lack of PhD candidates, they haven't gotten a student.
I know my fiance only got a paid position as a research assistant because he sold himself as his PIs potential future grad student (which he fully intends to do, so don't lie). He graduates this August, emailed in May, got offered the position two weeks later, but can't start until later this August (research assistants have to have a BA/BS).
 

mocho22

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Thanks everyone for the great tips, I'll try and see how it goes and let you know.

Any other ideas for what to do with a year off?

I am not quite their my own self but from other threads on this forums I can maybe help a little bit. You are wanting to engage in some research before entering Medical School, right? Do you plan on going to medical school to work in a research facility afterwards or are you going to follow through and work in a hospital/clinic enviroment?
I have already done research but would like to do research right before entering med. school with my year off. In the future I'd prob like to work in an academic setting and do some research but mostly clinical.
 
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