Research and audit
Opportunities to get involved start as a medical student
- By: Aimun A B Jamjoom, Ali Nikkar-Esfahani, J E F Fitzgerald
Gaining research experience while at medical school is becoming increasingly important. The UK General Medical Council’s guidelines Tomorrow’s Doctors state that graduating medical students in the UK must be able to “evaluate and integrate evidence critically.” Involvement in research can help medical students to acquire these essential skills while nurturing a deeper understanding in an area of interest. Even if you have no intention of pursuing an academic career it is still a valuable skill (figure).
Taking a year out during medical school to undertake an intercalated degree is the most obvious route for formal student involvement in research. However, considering only a third of medical students intercalate research degrees in the UK, this leaves two thirds of students with no hands-on experience of running their own research or audit project. So here are a few tips on how to get involved at medical school.
Audit or research?—Audit is a