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Clinical Research v/s Lab Research

by Dr. Hafiz G Hussain

 

If one wants to pursue a carrier in fields like Internal medicine or Surgery as most of us do, then clinical research is superior to Laboratory research.
Clinical research is usually related to gathering clinical data and analyzing it. It gives good amount of clinical knowledge as you go through patient’s clinical charts number of times in search of required variables. Also, clinical research is quicker way of getting publications compared to basic lab research. This kind of research is usually carried out by clinical faculty so their recommendations matter more than a basic Lab attending.
 In basic Lab research, researcher has to perform different lab procedures like Centrifugation, ELISA and electrophoresis etc. Though it gives a good amount of experience using these techniques and can prove a great plus if you want to pursue a carrier in pathology or other basic sciences but may not be very helpful regarding Internal medicine or surgery. Publications of basic work are powerful but usually fewer in number.
So if you have choice then, go for clinical research. Again, having any kind of research is superior to no research.
In my opinion Ranking should be like:

  1. Paid clinical research
  2. Paid basic lab research
  3. Unpaid Clinical research
  4. Unpaid basic Lab research

clinical research

hello, i am regular visitor to your site and it has helped me a lot to clear my doubts about various topics on USMLE.

You are doing are a great work helping medical students from around the world.

i am in a mess right now , please guide me.

i have done a one month clinical elective in Surgery and got a good LOR from the chief. Also now i have the opportunity of doing a volunteer clinical research under him in the same institution for a period of 6 months( can be extended to a year), however it is only research not an observership. should i take it? or apply to place where i can get both a research and an observership. how much weight will it carry if i apply for surgery residency next year. Have cleared step 1(93) and CS and preparing for CK now.

please guide..

Thanks a lor for your kind

umar's picture

Thanks a lot for your kind words... I think this research is a much opportunity than observership... go for it...

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Comparative clinical research

umar sir 1stly ur site is AMAZING !!!!

i wanted to know if its possible to do comparative clinical research during electives and its value ...

Thanks for your kind words...

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Thanks for your kind words... you can certainly volunteer yourself to some research work during electives... I wrote a case report.... whatever you could do... it is really helpful!

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research along with electives?

HI


cud u pls explain how does one do research work along with electives?

You can request for a case

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You can request for a case report or request your faculty member to allow you to work on any of his/her research project part-time!

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REQUEST FOR A CASE REPORT?


REQUEST FOR A CASE REPORT? whom do i request? n basically ..wats a case report about..


pls explain

You request the attending

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You request the attending consultant... it is paper written about one interesting case/patient.

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hi

Im in my second year of med school. I got to do some research in a lab for one month. However they said I have to come on a J1 visa sponsored by someone outside. I wanted to know if i will be at a disadvantage if im on a J1 visa. While doing my residency, will they extend my J1 visa?

 plz go through the J1 visa

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 plz go through the J1 visa section... u wud certainly get a extension when u get residency... u can confirm this from residency department while applying...

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research

 

Hi Umarbhai, I have option of doing a volunteer lab research in virology or a clinical research and i can voluntteer for only one and a half month as I have to return

back to complete my graduation. what do you think is advisable? and in terms of getting paid in future what do  you think is more likely...Please let me know.

what is your field of choice

umar's picture

what is your field of choice and what is the specialty of the mentioned clinical research?

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Hi, my field of interest is

Hi, my field of interest is Internal Medicine. I am getting a volunteer research in it..but i think there are more chances of getting paid in Lab research in future, so that i can stay in US and complete my remaining steps, and there wont be a gap in cv. what is your suggestion..hey umarbhai you are going to apply this september..? did you do any research..?

There are equal chances of

umar's picture

There are equal chances of getting paid research in both...
I recommend you should do research in the field of your interest.... i m not applying this september... i did no do any long-term research yet....

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clinical research query

sir i want to know few things... is clinical research option available to us once we finish our internship or can it only b done during internship?? if it can b done after internship i will b very much relieved..do let me know sir.. thankin u in anticipation

yes it is.....always

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yes it is.....always available....it can be done whenever u want... infact some of them prefer who have done internship...tc and best of luck!

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