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Warning! What type of researches boost residency chances ?

I wanna ask about type of researches that will boost my residency chances both in Medicine & Surgery.

If I have a proposal of sudden cardiac deaths in society of my country. Searching in these people records, ask their relatives for risk factors...then get results of what were the most risk factors....does this help me in both Cardiology (medicine) & Heart Surgery ( Surgery).

Or researches should be in other forms not like I imagine....any suggestion for researches or comments on my proposal would be appreciated.


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Any type of research is good for your CV.

But here are the points that make your research experience outstanding and eye-catching:

  1. Clinical Research rather than academic research is preferred by residency program directors. This means that if the research is answering a clinical question rather than pure scientific question. For example, the research you mentioned is better than participating in effects of drugs on mice for instance.
  2. Your role in the research matters most. The more duties and responsibilities assigned to you the better. For example if you get to take histories, perform physical exams, ..etc as part of your research project then it's better than just paper work.
  3. Your statistical experience is also another plus. Like if you are involved in the analysis of the study by calculating the P value, measuring outcomes, ..etc would certainly be appreciated.
  4. Publication, if the research is published in a MedLine-indexed journal that would be great.
  5. Your name, if it's mentioned in the author list that would be great and if you are the first name mentioned then that's the ultimate research experience.
  6. The hierarchy of the study type also matters. Like a randomized controlled trial better than case-control study which in turn better than retrospective design which in turn better than case series which in turn better than case report and so forth.
  7. American journal, if the research is published in a US-based high profile journal that would be better than if it was published in other journals like European-based or anywhere else journals.
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Thanx for explaining dear Sabio,

But randomized controlled trials are very difficult to do as I am still medical student......I understand that study searches the outcome of intervention on a group. e.g: addition of clopidogrel to aspirin for post catheterized patients. I don't think this easy to do!! since most,if not all, of work will be on my shoulders solely.
May you give me suggestions for researches that I can do.
If you you supply me with a resource of how to do clinical researches & examples, I would be grateful
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There's no magic formula or website to send you to so that you start doing fantastic clinical research.

You need to be in the right institute and show enthusiasm to the attendings who are conducting research. Tell them that you are willing to volunteer your time for research.

Every big hospital has a research center. You may want to contact them and sell yourself as a volunteer and hopefully you get something.
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Thanks you Lee,
I don't think that there are research centers in hospitals in developing countries, at least in my Country.
May you tell me more about randomised clinical trials? May you provide me with suggestions for researches that could be done by medical student
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Hi,

Right now I am involved in a research project with Oregon Health Science University, wherein we are testing the possibility of use of real time 3D echocardiography for detection of VSD. But these are conducted on in vitro lab models using pig hearts. I am getting a chance to write a paper,where right from making the models, imaging and analysis of the images, finding the p-value, etc will be done by me. I hope to have my name in the authors' list (since I am doing all the work) but it might not be in the first two or three names.

I am interested in Pediatrics, do you think this project pertains to this subject or qualifies more for Radiology.

My step 1 is scheduled for Jan 2011. Is this project viable enough for me to spend so much time on it?? Would this make my CV strong??


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Right now I am involved in a research project ...... Would this make my CV strong??
Yes. Definitely that's an outstanding research experience that's going to be respected by all program directors in all specialties.
Certainly it would be a perfect experience for a radiology or cardiology residency but that does not mean it won't work with other specialties like pediatrics, (pediatrics includes significant radiology and cardiology exposure)

So go for it. It's not a waste of time. It will certainly give yo that extra mile toward your residency matching in the future.
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Do Researches in Infectious diseases, Innate immunity & vaccines with Phd holder (not MD) considered good?
If yes,do this help in what residencies? Internal medicine, surgery ????
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Do Researches in Infectious diseases, Innate immunity & vaccines with Phd holder (not MD) considered good?
If yes,do this help in what residencies? Internal medicine, surgery ????
Yes they are good for internal medicine.
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Continuation to the previous post:

1)Then if I choose to be related to Rheumatic Fever e.g Strep....
Does this help me in both Surgery & Internal Medicine...As Rheumatic fever complications need Surgical Intervention ?

2)Do you have other ideas in Infectious diseases researches that have bi-benefit in Internal Medicine & Surgery...

3)So sorry for additional question, Do researches in different topics e.g, Gastroenterology, Cardiology, Cardiac Surgery...have a disadvatage in future ?
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It's not like that my friend.
Any clinical research is good for any clinical specialty. The only problem is that when you do infectious disease research for example you most likely going to do it in an internal medicine department so you will have LoR from internists and your CV will read internal medicine ...etc So then when you apply to surgery they may not select you for interview not because you did IM research but because you did IM USCE.
So once again any clinical research is good. Even basic science research is also good for any specialty.
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Thank you very much for reply,
So I will not use their LOR...but write it as a clinical research...In addition to it I will do some Surgery USCE.. & use Surgical LORs...
So I will not lose Surgery chances..I hope that I think in the right way
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So I will not use their LOR...but write it as a clinical research...In addition to it I will do some Surgery USCE.. & use Surgical LORs...
So I will not lose Surgery chances..I hope that I think in the right way
Yes. Now you are thinking along the right tracks.
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I'm recently working in a research projects on NASH, we are checking the levels of some proteins in patients plasma , i worked in entering data and worked in lab doing ELISA ... now i have very good experience with ELISA kits, we expect the results to be published in Medline indexed journal....
do u think that this research will boost my CV for Internal Medicine residency..
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I'm recently working in a research projects on NASH, we are checking the levels of some proteins in patients plasma , i worked in entering data and worked in lab doing ELISA ... now i have very good experience with ELISA kits, we expect the results to be published in Medline indexed journal....
do u think that this research will boost my CV for Internal Medicine residency..
Yes. Definitely, that's an awesome research experience and you can brag about it when you apply for IM residency.
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What about review articles??? are they beneficial for Residency chances?
Are they nothing compared to research articles?

P.S: I am talking about making U.S review articles expected to be indexed in MEDLINE of PubMed.


Edit: Other 2 questions,

1)When we see in a study like UTI infection of transplant that was retrospective of 300 patients, do they mean that they interviewed every pantient of the 300 during their study & asked him of UTI infection, or just they searched in patients' profiles at hospitals & just enroll the infected patients in the study depending on their profiles?

If both methods could be in done in researches, which is better? or both are good even the latter method is just searching profiles (may be patients did have UTI but not entered that hospital so no data about it in profile)?

2) I got the opportunity to participate in something called :clinical chart review
I don't know what is this! Is it a research? article reviews? anything else? is it considered high ?
I am shy to ask the doctor !!
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About Review Articles:
Review articles are not bad either because it entails searching into texts and articles before you can write a good review article and for sure it will be appreciated.

About the retrospective study:
Looking up patient records is more powerful because history taking is bound for errors and patients may not remember or mistakenly recall events. (recall bias)

About the clinical chart review:
That looks like some kind of an audit. They want to see if doctors are following the guidelines in writing the charts ...etc, you should not be embarrassed when you don't know something, you have to ask. Your professor will appreciate it when you ask even if it seems trivial to you.
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So could you explain a bit regarding Chart Review?
Are Chart review= retrospective research study ?

Since I understand that doing chart review is reviewing the past records related to specific topic...or may be I misunderstand!
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So could you explain a bit regarding Chart Review?
Are Chart review= retrospective research study ?

Since I understand that doing chart review is reviewing the past records related to specific topic...or may be I misunderstand!
Yeah, most probably retrospective. But again you should ask the professor about the details, don't make assumptions.
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if i have a choice to make between two journals, one indexed in pubmed , but with majority indian editorial board, but other not indexed in pubmed but indexed in most of all other databases with a majority american editorial board from good universities and also indexed in the journals of most universities ,which would be better on my CV....
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if i have a choice to make between two journals, one indexed in pubmed , but with majority indian editorial board, but other not indexed in pubmed but indexed in most of all other databases with a majority american editorial board from good universities and also indexed in the journals of most universities ,which would be better on my CV....
The Pubmed indexed journal would be my choice.
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Yes. Definitely, that's an awesome research experience and you can brag about it when you apply for IM residency.
I have similar experience
I worked part time as a reseach volunteer in 2 researches(immunology & ophthalmology) doing ELISA,PCR,cell culture..etc,but the thing is I was working with mice !
will that be good for IM/FM residencies?
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I have similar experience
I worked part time as a reseach volunteer in 2 researches(immunology & ophthalmology) doing ELISA,PCR,cell culture..etc,but the thing is I was working with mice !
will that be good for IM/FM residencies?
Academic and basic science research is highly appreciated, specially by University based residency programs.
I can even say that basic and clinical research have the same value and recognition among academic MDs.
Your work with mice is as wonderful as with humans
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I am pursuing research in my medical school and its at verge of getting done. I was thinking of sending it to a journal which is indexed in PUBMED but has no Impact Factor.
Is publication in Pubmed Indexed journal of India carries any weight on your cv and Will it be worth in sending it to a journal having no Impact Factor Or it is a complete waste of time and energy?
Should i go for some US based journals?

Guys please I need your feedback on it.

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As long as the journal is indexed in Pubmed, it's good and absolutely not wate of time. Don't worry about the impact factor.

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I got a Qery . I am interested in PM and R residency ( pain & Rehab) , being an old IMG I should BOOST my CV,obviously.I read these forums and what is voluntary work that was said by so many here.Is there in difference between doing voluntary and research proper.Next is which field of research helps me better to getting into PM&R.If any body has the time pls let me know these simple things . thanks in advance.
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Yes they are good for internal medicine.
doing a research project in cardiothoracic surgery:

evaluating the method of evacuating the pericardial effusion of 200 patients.open method vs close method and also comparing the etiologies of them and complications of the pericardial window creation for them. and also the relation between the tuberculosis and pericarditis which is the case of it is very rare.retrospective study.is that good for my CV? i am an IMG in the 5th year of my medical school.i wanna go for a gen surg residency position in US.
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Any type of research is good for your CV.

But here are the points that make your research experience outstanding and eye-catching:

  1. Clinical Research rather than academic research is preferred by residency program directors. This means that if the research is answering a clinical question rather than pure scientific question. For example, the research you mentioned is better than participating in effects of drugs on mice for instance.
  2. Your role in the research matters most. The more duties and responsibilities assigned to you the better. For example if you get to take histories, perform physical exams, ..etc as part of your research project then it's better than just paper work.
  3. Your statistical experience is also another plus. Like if you are involved in the analysis of the study by calculating the P value, measuring outcomes, ..etc would certainly be appreciated.
  4. Publication, if the research is published in a MedLine-indexed journal that would be great.
  5. Your name, if it's mentioned in the author list that would be great and if you are the first name mentioned then that's the ultimate research experience.
  6. The hierarchy of the study type also matters. Like a randomized controlled trial better than case-control study which in turn better than retrospective design which in turn better than case series which in turn better than case report and so forth.
  7. American journal, if the research is published in a US-based high profile journal that would be better than if it was published in other journals like European-based or anywhere else journals.
My research is about mental health of Syrian refugees , I'm using qualitative methods . Am I fine ?
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