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3 Signs It’s Time to Quit Your Pre-med Research Position

3 Signs It’s Time to Quit Your Pre-med Research Position

By: Ryan Kelly

Quit your research?! What pre-med in their right mind would question their coveted research position, let alone actually quit? The word ‘quit’ is not typically part of a pre-med’s vocabulary, and the last thing you want is to be viewed as weak or non-committal.

But, believe it or not, quitting is sometimes the best option. You have many important things to be spending your time doing, so use the following signs to determine whether you should indeed pull the plug ...

5 Strategies to Get the Most Out of Your Scientific Research Position

5 Strategies to Get the Most Out of Your Scientific Research Position

By: Arvin Wali

‘Parameters.’ ‘Controlled environment.’ ‘Following protocol.’

Let’s be honest - these words don’t exactly instill feelings of growth and independence. Early in your research career, it’s normal to become a tad disenchanted by the lab.

In the beginning, you might only receive rote, mechanical duties, or find yourself repeating the same experiment over and over again. As you face ‘confounding variables’ and ‘skewed distribution’ on your path to minimal results, you might be tempted to hang up your white coat for good.

A Research Manifesto: How to Make the Most of Your Pre-Med Research Position

A Research Manifesto: How to Make the Most of Your Pre-Med Research Position

By: Arvin Wali

A ‘manifesto’ is a published declaration of someone’s intentions, motives, or views. Although often associated with radical politics and revolution, manifestos can be written to capture the spirit of any group or movement.  

Why does research need a manifesto?

Pre-Med News Roundup February 6, 2015

Pre-Med News Roundup February 6, 2015

What is President Obama’s ‘precision medicine’ plan, and how might it help you?  The Washington Post answers some basic questions about President Obama's "Precision Medicine Initiative", which he referred  to in his most recent State of the Union speech.

Institute of Medicine Urges Broader Sharing of Clinical Trial Data  If you are interested in the world of research, we think you  will enjoy this article on proposals to share clinical trial data.  The Institute of Medicine has recommended that government agencies and private companies share their data.

Doctor, Have You Had Your DNA Tested?  As genetic testing gets cheaper and cheaper, more patients are asking doctors whether they should have their DNA sequenced for medical reasons.  This article cautions patients about the limits of this testing.