Take Advantage of Virtual Research Conferences

Carter J. Boyd, MD, MBA
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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our daily lives, research conferences have been forced to transition to virtual formats. While it is disheartening to see a rewarding aspect of productive research disappear, virtual research conferences present a tremendous opportunity to the savvy medical student. There are two barriers to presenting research at conferences: havingContinue reading “Take Advantage of Virtual Research Conferences”

How to Write an Abstract

Carter J. Boyd, MD, MBA
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As you prepare to publicize and share your research findings, it is essential to know how to write an abstract. Abstracts are typically the only element you submit to conferences for presentation. When your research is published, the abstract is often the only item that is read. While specifics may vary, abstracts generally follow theContinue reading “How to Write an Abstract”

Create Your Own Opportunities

Carter J. Boyd, MD, MBA
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One of my favorite research mentors in medical school pulled me aside.  We were at a conference and were in between sessions.  He described to me a paper he had recently read in a radiology journal examining how often articles within the radiology literature are cited.  He told me to review the paper and toContinue reading “Create Your Own Opportunities”

Collaborate with Others

Carter J. Boyd, MD, MBA
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Doing research the summer between my first and second years of medical school, I was filled with a competitive spirit to get as much research done as possible. I wasn’t sure what field I wanted to go into at that time, but I knew that more research would be better.  There was also an unwrittenContinue reading “Collaborate with Others”

Get Credit for Everything that You Do

Carter J. Boyd, MD, MBA
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I was reviewing the curriculum vitae for one of my friends as we neared the due date for submitting our residency applications.  He was very well-accomplished in medical school: strong grades, involved in various student activities, and had some research experience.  He and I had collaborated on a couple of research project during medical school. Continue reading “Get Credit for Everything that You Do”

Research: Quantity versus Quality

Carter J. Boyd, MD, MBA
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Participating in research as a medical student is a time intensive undertaking.  Despite the required effort, it can have a significant impact on elevating your CV above your peers and fellow applicants.  No matter where you are in your medical school career, if you are engaging in research activity (and you should be), it is important toContinue reading “Research: Quantity versus Quality”