How can 3rd year MS (MS III) particpate in research?

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How can 3rd year MS (MS III) particpate in research?

I'm currently a 3rd year student and I wanted to know how I can participate in research.  I haven't done any research in urology yet and I wanted to start since I would like to have that experience and boost the resume.  However, I can't figure out how 3rd year students can become involved during rotations?  Would 3rd year students just be looking at chart data and is this possible from home (after we get home)?Also, I have already contacted two individuals at my school's urology program by e-mail but did not receive a reply from either person. Should I e-mail again, call, or wait until 4th year to contact for research?THANKS

Edited by: nicky on 05/11/2015 - 19:50 Reason: Updated by FeedsNodeProcessor
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Go to the coordinator's office with your biggest interview smile and ask her what research projects are currently under way or who is the 'Reseach Guy' and email him for a good time to meet and talk about his current projects. Most offices are really busy right now... So don't feel bad if you get run off, and you can try again later. It would be helpful to look at the current research and go with a good idea of what you want to be involved in. Also, if you want to do clinical trial work versus bench work. I don't know which looks better...

I do think going in person works a lot better than phone calls or email. Plus great opportunity to get an ally early in the process. Just DO NOT be annoying don't get your suit out but also dont go post call looking sloppy.

Congratulations for being ahead of the game!

MS3 Research

It is NEVER too early to start a retrospective chart review or get involved in some interesting case reports. I think your best way in is not to piss off the attendings. There are 2 options to getting hooked up with research:

1) Get to know your residents. Then find out who the residents are on research for the 6 months/year. Then ask them if there are any open projects that they need help on. When you get onto a project, since you're really not a resident and may not be as knowledgeable about Urology, they may have you mine for data (chart reviews, data entry from surveys, follow up phone calls, etc). Unless you actually do a significant portion, or even write the abstract, don't even think about getting your name included on the publication. What you could do is see what can be presented at the local meetings and see if you could help write the abstract and present it at the meeting. Then you have your foot in the door for writing the paper when the time comes. Also it makes you look like a superstar when you present at meetings in front of your attendings' peers.

2) Find the main research coordinator for the Urology program and ask them if there is ANYTHING that you could do to get involved in research. Just know that most programs have anywhere from 10-20 projects going at any time between the attendings, research assistants, fellows, research residents, PhD's. Just know that it may take 1-2 years for an abstract or paper to appear just due to the time it takes to do basic sciences or translational research. But, once again, it does not hurt to get involved. Plus, you will show your face around the department and people will get a chance to know you outside of your rotation.

Good Luck!!