How do we get opportunities for Research?
Uh, I suppose I will field this one.
Originally Posted by AUCDOCTOBE
AUC has several opportunities for qualified students to perform research. Currently, the largest research group on campus is the Anatomy group which has near 20 active participants. Other opportunities exist in Micropbiology and Histology with Pathology as a possibility in the near future.
The research groups are in the process of uniting under one collective group, called the Clinical Research Society which will be offically running by the time September 2004 arrives for orientation (look for our booth at orientation!!!).
I am currently the president-elect for the Clinical Research Society and have been participating in performing cardiac research since the end of November, 2003 (my 1st semester). It has truly been a wonderful opportunity to perform clinically applicabble research and meet tons of intersting people (Anatomy group recently presented at the American Association of Clincal Anatomists in June, 2004 where we came away with two out of the three pre-graduate doctoral awards) and the microbiology group is looking at presenting at the American Society of Microbiologists' meeting in the near future.
As far as residencies, a number of contacts I made at the AACA Congress (who are MDs, PhDs, and generally people who are practicing and in a postion to assess candidates for residencies) stress the importance of research. While not having it won't necessarily hurt you, performing research and having publications will most assuredly set you apart from someone else with comparable Step scores but no research. As a future IMG graduate, I'll be happy to participate in anything that will set us apart from other foreign graduates.
I hope this helps!