Research in Medicine 101

“So you want to go to medical school, huh? Well you better do some research because it will look good on your resume.” I remember these words being spoken by one of my pre-medical advisors and feeling very overwhelmed. How do you even do research? What is a good idea? How do I get started? Do I need a mentor? Can I get funding? What is a hypothesis? These were all questions swirling around my head as a freshman in college. I had no idea how to do research and little did I know then that it would soon become a big part of my life.

Now, while my premed advisor was right to some degree - research does look good on a resume - it is not necessary to get into medical school. It does, however, help introduce you to the idea of research and you may start to pick up on the steps involved.