The prospect of conducting research may seem daunting at the outset. However, the truth is that it’s not difficult to get involved; research is very accessible during both pre-clinical and clinical training.
Here are some reasons why you should get involved in research:
- During your six years you will be learning medicine in lectures, practicals and on the wards. Research is extremely rewarding in that it allows you to actively participate in medical discovery which directly and indirectly influences clinical practice.
- Research will teach you to think critically, appraise evidence and ask the right questions; skills which are invaluable in clinical practice.
- You will have the opportunity to work with world-leading scientists/clinicians in the basic sciences and in clinical medicine across all medical specialities. Don’t be afraid to approach them! Even Nobel Laureates take medics as summer students.
- Research experience is extremely important for Foundation Year and specialty training post applications. Especially as your career progresses, research experience will be expected of you.
- Getting involved in research during your medical studies will provide valuable experience and lay a foundation for later research work/PhD in your medical career. It will also help you develop your professional network.