The road to research
Research is an essential aspect of medicine and a rewarding career path for medical graduates. Sundip D Udani and K R Haylett explain what research is all about and what opportunities exist for medical students and qualified doctors
As I sat down at the British Society of Gastroenterology's annual conference in Glasgow, my tachycardia was finally subsiding. I was excited and feeling the buzz from having just given a successful presentation—well I hoped so. But how did I get there?
The Manchester medical school training required completion of a three month project option. This included a small research project in an area I was interested in.
My research was multidisciplinary. I worked with several departments in the hospital, including gastrointestinal investigations, radiology, and the university department of surgery. The study entailed using a new device to measure oesophageal lumen diameters during barium swallows. We were looking at new parameters: what was a good swallow and how did it relate to the patient's oesophagitis and history? I made measurements, searched patient medical records, examined endoscopy reports, and determined drug history. It was often an assault course of reports and