And then there are the other people in my life, the medical students. They have a lot of (great) questions too. One thing that many medical students universally ask is why, whether or not, and if so how should they do research in medical school.
This weekend I was at the American Academy of Pediatrics national conference (a local national conference, and so I shall at some point post about the ups and downs of big annual conferences that happen to be in one's own home town). Before a packed house of medical students from around the country and the world, I served on a panel where we were asked question after question about preparing for residency.
In the ramp up to the panel, the AAP's young peds network launched a new forum for tackling these kinds of questions and I was asked to write about research during medical school.
- Why is research looked upon favorably by residency programs? (Is it?)
- Why would it be a good thing to gain research experience?
- How do you go about getting started?