Many physicians choose to incorporate research into their career. Many medical students have experienced biomedical research in their undergradute degree program. Some students have even had a chance to explore clinical research, while many have not.
Medical school can be a good place to interact with clinical researchers and get involved with one or more research projects. Whether or not a physician includes research as part of their career is a big decision and is usually made during, or just after, residency.
The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada outlines CanMEDS competencies that postgraduate physicians must attain during their training. In the realm of ‘Scholar’ it is often expected and/or required that a resident have exposure to research. As such, some residency programs look for experience in research over the duration of a student’s undergraduate medical education.
How to get involved in research projects?
- Create your own question (eg. an interest from DPAS) and find a supervisor
- Independent participation in clinical studies and/or reseach institutes with one or more UBC faculty members. These types of studies can be found by exploring departmental websites
- Check out the Summer Student Internship Programs (SSIP’s)
- Check out the Summer Student Research Program (SSRP’s)
- Check out other Summer Research Opportunities at UBC and Canada-wide
- Check out UBC Work Study
How to get your research published?
- Check out UBC Medical Journal (UBCMJ)
- Check out URO ejornal: Road to Discovery
- Check out Young Investigator’s Journal (YIJ)
- Check out cIRcle
How to present your research?
- Check out Medical Undergraduate Society (MUS)-UBCMJ Research Forum
- Check out LSI-GSA Research Day
- Check out Conferences for Undergraduates
Want to get mentored?
- Check out FoM Research Mentorship Program
Want to get prepared for research?
- Check out UBC Undergraduate Research Opportunities (URO) – Workshops
- Check out UBC Learning Commons
- Check out Health Research Resource Office (HeRRO)
- Check out UBC Graduate Pathways to Success (GPS)
- Check out Tips for Finding a Supervisor
How to get funding for travelling related to research?
- Check out Medical Student Travel Awards