Biggest Piece of Research Advice That No One Will Tell You

With ERAS applications looming, here is the biggest piece of research advice that no one will tell you. Whatever research studies you may have that are pending or have been rejected from journals (once, twice…seven times), SUBMIT THEM NOW! The ERAS application allows you to list research papers and presentations that have been submitted toContinue reading “Biggest Piece of Research Advice That No One Will Tell You”

Take Advantage of Virtual Research Conferences

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

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”

Tell me about this specific research project.

While interviewers often ask general questions, they may also ask about individual lines on your CV such as a specific research project or other activity. This possibility is one reason to know every detail that is listed on your CV. If asked about a specific research project, there are several items of information you shouldContinue reading “Tell me about this specific research project.”

Don’t Be Afraid to Stretch Yourself (Part 2)

You Can Handle the Stretch The goal of Med Student Edge is to pass our experience and knowledge to the readers in hopes of giving you a leg up. In Part 1, I told you a story of one of my big mistakes in medical school. I told you how I justified prioritizing studying overContinue reading “Don’t Be Afraid to Stretch Yourself (Part 2)”

Tell me about your research experience

This is a fairly standard question.  This question can be posed broadly, or interviewers may ask specific questions about projects from your CV.  This post will address the general question and how you can use it as an opportunity to take control of the interview.  There are several different routes you can take in responding toContinue reading “Tell me about your research experience”

Create Your Own Opportunities

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

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

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

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”