Pushing back the boundaries of medical science?
Amanda Taffinder gets on with her research project
Week 1: It's the final step towards that illustrious award of a BMedSci, and I've decided to plump for a research project in public health medicine. The thought of spending the next four months trapped inside a tiny airless laboratory tweaking test tubes and discussing the finer aspects of PCR analysis 12 hours a day just doesn't appeal. I might have even have to do some work. So public health it is.
Week 3: If complex statistical analytical techniques are not your idea of an easy bedtime read then stay well away from this department. They love them. A lot. Gone are the days when a percentage would nicely sum up your results; now a multitude of tests with strange, sinister Germanic names need to be performed before your pitiful collection of numbers can be declared officially useless. Did Mr Fischer and Mr Kolgorov really have nothing better to do?