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Hi, I know that research is something really helpful for IMGs and here, with this thread I am looking for the opportunity to catch some research experience from people that have done research.

If you can help us, please do so, Telling us places we can find research, where to find them, how to look for them, and tell us about your experience, and for people that matched, how this was important or relevant on their applications, interviews or match process.

I am looking personally for Pediatrics residency, so Pediatric research will be good to know, but do not limit yourself just for not being pediatric related research.

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Hi, I know that research is something really helpful for IMGs and here, with this thread I am looking for the opportunity to catch some research experience from people that have done research.

If you can help us, please do so, Telling us places we can find research, where to find them, how to look for them, and tell us about your experience, and for people that matched, how this was important or relevant on their applications, interviews or match process.

I am looking personally for Pediatrics residency, so Pediatric research will be good to know, but do not limit yourself just for not being pediatric related research.

Helps us.
I have no research experience in the US yet but I plan to do 2-3 months research in IM prior to the match just to improve my cv. Lot of IMGs, like me, lack research experience and any bit of exposure to research could be useful. Obviously, a lot of factors come to play for residency interviews and having extensive research experience (at least 1 year) will boost your resume especially if you are looking for a career in academic medicine.
Focus on the research intensive places, there are tons of them in the US. Usually university based academic programs is where the bulk of research comes from (though not the case always). If you have a personal connection, then getting into research is easy. If not, the usual method that works is to start sending emails to people. Look at their research interests and background on the specific hospitals website, contact them for possible opportunities. It can be tiring as u will have to send a lot of emails but u may eventually get lucky. Good luck
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Hi, I know that research is something really helpful for IMGs and here, with this thread I am looking for the opportunity to catch some research experience from people that have done research.

If you can help us, please do so, Telling us places we can find research, where to find them, how to look for them, and tell us about your experience, and for people that matched, how this was important or relevant on their applications, interviews or match process.

I am looking personally for Pediatrics residency, so Pediatric research will be good to know, but do not limit yourself just for not being pediatric related research.

Helps us.

Hi Pita,

You will need to contact PIs individually. If you are interested in peds it would be ideal if you could find research in peds but if not, that is fine. What type of research are you looking for? Clinical research or lab research? With Clinical research is easier to get publications, your PI/supervisor is usually an MD etc. In clinical research depending on your joB title you can do: database management, data collection and entry, data analysis (you may also get trained to use a statistical software: SPSS or JMP, STATA, R etc), manuscript writing if you get hired as a post-doctoral fellow, or if you work as a clinical research assistant (inferior title) then you will mainly do consents, IRB correspondance staff,protocol writing/changes, data collection and entry (a lot of crapy paperwork). Lab research is different and usually takes more time to get trained. It also takes longer to have a publication. Personally I like lab research much more! It is much more scientifiC and I enjoy designing and doing experiements.

I think it is easier to find a research assistant (esp level 1) or technician position. But if you are not in a rush I would recommend to try to get a post-doc research fellow postion (much better title, you may get 1st author publications, looks better on your CV, much higher salary etc). When I found my 1st postdoc (clincal research-internal medicine) I found it through a friend of mine from med school who was already working there. For my 2nd postdoc position (translational research in pediatrics---mainly lab work) I emailed 15 -20 PIs (all of them in pediatrics-in the field of my interest) and got 3 interviews and 2 job offers(was looking only for a post-doc position). But I already had several publications from clinical research, oral and poster presentations at top international meetings and I was already in the US, which was also helpful. If you dont have any prior research experience you may need to email more than 50 (or even a 100) PIs who are doing research in your field of interest to get 1-2 offers (unless you have some connections---and when I say connections I mean people who already in the system and know you well).

Last resort is to volunteer---but at least try first to find sth with a salary cause life in the US is expensive.

Best of luck,
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Hi! thank you so much for sharing the information here.
I think I am more of a clinical research, than lab research. I like patients.

I have some more question, regarding to the visa status, since I am not a US citizen nor have any type of visa that allow me to work or stay permanently in the US, I will need a working or student visa in order for me to be able to stay there.
Does research opportunities support you with the process of getting a visa ?

Do you think that I will have to first be ECFMG certified to get this opportunity ?


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You will need to contact PIs individually. If you are interested in peds it would be ideal if you could find research in peds but if not, that is fine. What type of research are you looking for? Clinical research or lab research? With Clinical research is easier to get publications, your PI/supervisor is usually an MD etc. In clinical research depending on your joB title you can do: database management, data collection and entry, data analysis (you may also get trained to use a statistical software: SPSS or JMP, STATA, R etc), manuscript writing if you get hired as a post-doctoral fellow, or if you work as a clinical research assistant (inferior title) then you will mainly do consents, IRB correspondance staff,protocol writing/changes, data collection and entry (a lot of crapy paperwork). Lab research is different and usually takes more time to get trained. It also takes longer to have a publication. Personally I like lab research much more! It is much more scientifiC and I enjoy designing and doing experiements.

I think it is easier to find a research assistant (esp level 1) or technician position. But if you are not in a rush I would recommend to try to get a post-doc research fellow postion (much better title, you may get 1st author publications, looks better on your CV, much higher salary etc). When I found my 1st postdoc (clincal research-internal medicine) I found it through a friend of mine from med school who was already working there. For my 2nd postdoc position (translational research in pediatrics---mainly lab work) I emailed 15 -20 PIs (all of them in pediatrics-in the field of my interest) and got 3 interviews and 2 job offers(was looking only for a post-doc position). But I already had several publications from clinical research, oral and poster presentations at top international meetings and I was already in the US, which was also helpful. If you dont have any prior research experience you may need to email more than 50 (or even a 100) PIs who are doing research in your field of interest to get 1-2 offers (unless you have some connections---and when I say connections I mean people who already in the system and know you well).

Last resort is to volunteer---but at least try first to find sth with a salary cause life in the US is expensive.

Best of luck,
Fantom26
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Hi Pita,

Each University has an International Office that will take care of the visa paperwork. The process is the following: once you get offered a position, your PI/department will send you an offer letter that you will have to sign. The department will notify the HR and the International office and they will contact you regarding the needed paperwork. Most likely they sponsor you a J-1 Research Scholar Visa. Make sure that the 2 year home requirement rule does not apply (depends on your country agreement with the U.S. and if your salary is coming directly from the U.S. government). Cause if it does apply u will have problems with residency later (won't be able to change your visa status). If it doesn't apply (the most likely scenario) then when you start your residency you will be able to change your visa status to J-1 clinical or H1B. Holding a Student's Visa or B1/B2, you will not be able to get paid (only if you have a scholarship I think). Don't worry too much of the visa now-if it is a paid position in a University hospital you will get a J-1 Research scholar visa without problems. Ecfmg certificate has nothing to do with research. The only benefit is that if u are ecfmg certified and done with USMLE exams you will be more focused on research. If you are an employee and not a volunteer get ready to work a lot :smiley: Also never say during your email or interview that you want to do research cause you want publications or money or to get connections. Analyze your career plan and show your excitement about research and academics.
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Yea above covers the visa info well. You have to be careful with J1 research scholar visa with regard to the 2 year rule though.

J1 research or research on visitors?? Please help
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We have some research positions open. PM me for more info!
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HI guys,
I'm applying for research position, and I was asked to put the objectives or goals, and I would appreciate any suggestions regarding how to write those objectives and goals to have response and secure a position as research trainee or assistant
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