Student Enrichment FAQs

Do I have to do research in order to gain a good residency?
No! While a research experience (especially a productive one) can enhance your experience and your CV, it is not a requirement for obtaining an excellent residency position. You should distinguish yourself from other applicants by doing whatever it is that is most important and of the greatest interest to you. Health policy work, community service or teaching experience can all benefit your candidacy for resident positions. You should undertake research because you want to.
What are the differences between clinical research and basic science research?
Clinical research involves human subjects. Basic science research does not. That being said, a great deal of clinical research also involves work at the lab bench. In this era of genomics, population genetics, sophisticated imaging, etc., the line between clinical and basic research is often blurry with regard to what the researcher does on a day-to-day basis.
What about public health, health services, and health policy research?
Research in these areas may involve the mining of large data sets, or it may involve focused interviewing or even library- (or web-) based investigation. As in other areas, the key to identifying a research project that suits you is identifying a mentor who has ideas and the access to resources and infrastructure you need to do the research.