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  1. Hi guys, I am very new to this community, so sorry if this question has been asked before. I saw in many of your posts that students have publications (as leading or 2nd, 3rd authors) and conference papers which is really amazing. I wonder if anyone can provide some insights on how can undergrad get their research published. (i.e. is the published work done in summer or you have to stick to a project longer). Thank you so much in advance!!
  2. Hello, I was wondering how important it is to do a thesis in my senior year of undergrad (my program doesn't require it for graduation). I have no research experience and I am going into my 4th year this fall. Would it be better for me to start looking for volunteer positions in labs and then do a small independent study rather than doing a thesis? I'm also very discouraged at this point to find a supervisor as it is fairly late in the year. Any advice would be appreciated!! Thank you!!
  3. Hi Folks, as I'm leaving my position to start at UBC in August, thought I might as well share the job posting. The deadline to apply is this Friday (May 30th)! Preference is given to members of the LGBTQ+ community, particularly those who identify as, or have worked with Gay/Bisexual Men in some capacity before. -- Research Coordinator -- BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS --MSM Research Program-- Please note: Only Canadian Citizens, legal residents or residents with a legal work permit will be considered. STATUS: Full time, fixed term position JOB START DATE: July 2nd, 2019 (or sooner) SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience LOCATION: BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE), Vancouver, BC JOB: Working under the Principal Investigators, the Research Coordinator manages the planning, development and implementation of the Momentum Health Study (momentumstudy.ca), in the BC-CfE research program involving gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (herein MSM). This study is part of a national CIHR-funded ENGAGE team grant in gay and bisexual men’s sexual health (www.engage-men.ca). ORGANIZATION: The BC-CfE currently employs a team of Statisticians, Programmers, Data Managers, Clinical Research Assistants, Data Analysts and Data Entry Clerks who work collaboratively on cohort-based epidemiological and clinical studies. The BC-CfE is a world-renowned HIV/AIDS research centre including Research Laboratory, Clinical Trials, Drug Treatment Program, Epidemiology and Professional Education Programs. JOB QUALIFICATIONS: Education, Training and Experience Degree in health sciences, health administration or business management (Masters degree preferred) Two years of related professional experience in a health research setting Experience in organizing/coordinating research projects and/or grant based programs Understanding of principles of data collection, preferably using electronic questionnaire administration (CASI, ACASI) Experience with reporting and communication systems Knowledge and/or experience regarding issues and concerns of gay, bisexual, queer, Two-Spirit, and other men who have sex with men Experience working with diverse and marginalized populations Experience working or collaborating with community agencies or community-based organizations, especially organizations that serve gay, bisexual, queer, Two-Spirit and other men who have sex with men Skills and Abilities Knowledge of epidemiology, public health, health services research, or related fields Knowledge of research design, methodology, and ethics Ability to use organizational and management tools, and to coordinate research activities Financial management, budget, and reporting skills Proficiency and experience using Microsoft Office software Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, including ability to communicate clearly and effectively in-person and by telephone; tact, diplomacy, and flexibility in dealing with research participants, research staff and study investigators Ability to build and foster effective teams Strong analytical and planning skills Deadline and detail oriented Ability to work independently and as part of a team JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: Conducts day-to-day operations of the study office in the community, including supervising other study staff and interacting with study participants Ensures project is administered according to research study and ethics protocols, and study records are maintained properly Manages and maintains approval from relevant Research Ethics Boards, as necessary Coordinates team meetings, setting agendas and taking meeting minutes Prepares, edits and distributes regular study status and other management reports, including periodic study newsletters Prepare manuscripts, abstracts, posters and presentations based on study findings Serves as project liaison to other departments and outside organizations related to specific projects Coordinates recruiting and interviewing study participants, developing and conducting tests and surveys, gathering or abstracting data or making presentations Manages day-to-day study finances; assists in developing and maintaining budgets and financial reporting Coordinates study activities with research partners in other institutions, including the CIHR-funded ENGAGE team grant (www.engage-men.ca) Coordinates community engagement and knowledge translation activities, including management of the study website Performs other duties as required Please include in your letter of submission: Curriculum Vitae Cover letter describing relevant experience in HIV/AIDS and/or with gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men health; please highlight any health research and/or community-based research experience CONTACT: c/o Human Resources Coordinator, BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, 608-10801 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC, V6Z 1Y6 FAX: 604-806-8464, e-mail: hr@cfenet.ubc.ca APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications will start being reviewed May 31, 2019 until position is filled
  4. Hi everyone! After 3 years of applying to med schools, I was finally fortunate enough to receive an offer this year! I am looking for someone to take over my current research assistant position in Diabetes and Endocrinology at BC Children's Hospital. I'm so grateful to have had this opportunity over the past 2 years and the experience really added to my application. I have had the chance to work in a clinical setting alongside other healthcare professionals, and interact directly with patients on a daily basis. I've also been able to make really good connections and references. For anyone thinking of applying next cycle, I believe this job is a great opportunity to strengthen an application. If you're interested, below is an overview of what the job entails. For more information, or to apply for the position, please private message me! Job Duties: Assist with the conduct of clinical research in an academic setting. Activities to which the research assistant may be exposed include the following: · Patient screening · Recruitment and follow-up · Data collection and data entry · Scheduling subject visits · Maintaining and organizing records and files for studies · Performs other related duties as required. Research Description: The research assistant will participate in a variety of clinical research studies in the Endocrinology and Diabetes Unit at the BC Children’s Hospital. The research studies are related to type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, endocrinology, and ancillary studies in mental health. The research assistant will perform data collection from patients, data entry, and recruitment of study subjects. The research assistant will be directly supervised by the Principle Investigator(s) and will work closely with the pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes physicians as well as the Division’s team of health professionals, research staff, and support staff. Job Posting - May 2019.doc **EDIT (May 30, 2019): The research assistant positions in Endocrinology & Diabetes are no longer available; however, the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Complex Nutrition (see post below) is still accepting applications. See the post from @chiynadoll below for more information!
  5. Hi Folks! For anyone looking for a bit more research experience, a Physician friend of mine is looking to hire a part time coordinator. If you're in the queer community or interested in LGBTQ+ and gender and sexuality issues, this might be a great fit for you! The deadline to apply is June 7th! Research & Project Coordinator - Contract Position 1 day/week 3 month trial, with possibility of extension $30/hour to start, paid monthly, 8-10 hours per week Experience At least 2-3 years research/educational experience in healthcare, including basic knowledge of terminology in health sciences (e.g. physiology and pharmacotherapeutics) Experience discussing (with the research authors) LGBTQ+ health issues, gender and sexual identity issues, and sexuality. Skills Excellent English writing skills Assertive communicator within a research team Comfortable working with software including Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Google Docs, FaceTime/Skype, online calendars and a statistical software (SPSS preferred). Accurate note taking during meetings/discussion. Literature review planning and strategy. Able to communicate effectively in writing and by phone with healthcare professionals and administrative staff to e.g. coordinate speaking engagements. Familiarity with presentation of academic credentials e.g. CCV format and interface (or willingness to learn and express experience learning something similar). Works independently, tracks tasks completed and time worked. Asks for help or clarification when needed. Tasks Project management support for researchers (primarily manuscripts, presentations and grant applications) Help manage formatting and timelines for manuscript submissions Organize and update websites (WordPress/Weebly) Updates CCV and common CV Manage email correspondence with high volume for Dr. McCracken Triage and respond to speaking requests Assist with and recommend Knowledge Translation opportunities (e.g. create meaningful figures for research findings) Track and prepare invoices for own work completed This position works with and supports Dr. Rita McCracken and Dr. Marcus Greatheart, family doctors and primary care researchers based in Vancouver, BC. We anticipate all work done by phone and online, thus applicants are not required to live locally. Please send letter of interest and CV by June 7, 2019, to: marcus@greatheart.ca
  6. APPLYING TO: U of C, U of A (and wherever else I meet the requirements) Forgive me for sounding clueless (I am). I’m a second year NESA (bachelor of nursing) student through the University of Lethbridge. I started clinicals in the hospital this year and the more I worked around doctors and surgeons, the more I realized how much more attracted to medicine I was than nursing. I started researching med and realized it wasn’t AS daunting as I always believed it to be, and now I have decided to *attempt* to get in to med school. My first year GPA was 3.78, my second year GPA is not as important because I am not a full time student this year. Next year will be the year I try to get my GPA as high as possible. It’s been hard to navigate the premed process in nursing as I appear to be the only student in my year that is planning to go to med school. Please help me! I volunteer for Canadian Blood Services 1x/week, planning on volunteering for another organization as soon as I can (either emergency room or safe consumption site). In nursing school, most of the classes are nursing specific. Outside of my core nursing classes I have taken a full year of Anatomy + physiology with a lab, a semester of microbiology with a lab, multiple psychology, sociology and ethics classes. Next year I will also be taking statistics. I have been getting a lot of mixed advice about the MCAT/admissions process. I realize nursing is not the best premed but I am almost halfway through so I am not switching now. My biggest concern is that I will struggle with the MCAT prep/test as I have not taken many of the general science courses recommended by AAMC. I have ordered ExamKrackers books and I use the Khan academy app, and I plan on doing the 10 week prep101 course in Calgary next year. I have always considered myself an independent learner. I am very good at teaching myself. Is it absolutely asinine to teach myself courses like chem, physics, biology, genetics etc over the course of 1.5yrs (part time when in school, full time when not)? I plan on taking the MCAT for real summer of 2020, so any courses I should be taking additionally I will need to have completed this spring/summer (2019). As much as I don’t want to take additional summer courses, I will do whatever it takes to up my chances of getting into med. Any advice would be much appreciated. I am meeting with an academic consultant at the U of L this week to discuss my options. Please tell me: if you believe I should take additional courses this spring/summer to prepare, and which ones would benefit me most. Also, any advice on research opportunities through the u of L when I am not taking a traditional science degree would be appreciated. Like I said I am completely clueless so any advice is welcome.
  7. Hey there, as a future Pre-Med student I am aware extracurriculars are very important. But what exactly counts/looks good on your application? I'm no stranger to volunteering as I have volunteered at numerous shelters, hospitals, etc. But are medical schools looking for something "extraordinary" or are my casual weekly involvments in the hospitals/non-profit organizations enough... do I need to show leadership and actually manage, lead, or win an award/get an LOR in something lol. If possible, list down some ECs that you have done/enjoyed to give me a little idea on what options are out there! (I do a lot of casual sports like swimming, skiing, biking, and work at various sparce research places and museums (for fun) but I would hardly call them "worthy" of ECs as they are hobbies at best <15 hr/year stuff haha) Cheers, Richard
  8. What exactly do first and second year students generally have on their resume/CV when applying for such programs? As they generally tend to have minimal work or lab experiences, but they just put their ECs? Moreover, how much of the likelihood of finding a position is based off your GPA. Would I have to maintain my GPA and ECs the way that they are to would I have to add something else into the mix?
  9. I'm an anthropology major, and have no publications as of yet (hopefully soon but I'm not counting on it for next years application cycle). But I do have a fair amount of research and field experience in biological anthro (data collection, excavation, forensic recovery of human remains). Will this be viewed by adcoms the same as if it were, microbio research or something? Is all research viewed similarly or should I seek opportunities in, for example, my university's cancer cell lab?
  10. Hey guys, I am a fourth year, finishing up a molecular biology specialist with a chem minor. I will be taking a gap year next year to apply for med school, and wanted to work full time in a research lab (wet lab preferably) in any downtown Toronto hospital for a full one year. I emailed a bunch of PI's past few weeks (google search) but none of them have responded, so I was wondering if I'm doing something wrong. I have a bunch of research experience/academic achievements under my belt, NSERC, thesis, etc. Am I just applying way too early (available to start working June 2019) or are most of these connection based for university graduates? I'm looking for somewhere around Sickkids or the UHN network, but usually I see those that already have a masters get these full time positions. What's the best approach for a university graduate like me to get such positions?
  11. Hey guys, I'm going into my 2nd yr of mac health sci this sept and really want to secure a research position for the school year. I know this isnt prime time for contacting researchers and most of the replies I've gotten have said their lab is full, but do y'all have any specific advice regarding how to land a research position ? In the emails I have sent so far, I've included a reference letter from my 1st yr psychobio TA, CV and transcript. And I've kept the content of the emails short and sweet, as well as personalized to the prof's research/publications. I'm not sure if I'm doing anything wrong, but I'm really frustrated. Everyone I know seems to have their life figured out and doing research in the summer! As for my research interests, I'm interested in both dry lab and wet lab research. Specific interests include mental health disorders, mental health policy / interventions, oncology, pharmacology/drug synthesis/mechanisms, human cognition/perception. But also open to other interesting projects in other fields. SO, any advice regarding how I should increase my chances of landing a fruitful outcome? Thanks in advance
  12. Hello everyone.I would very much like to get some opinions on the matter of taking a research year during medical school.I am a current first year medical student in the US (but a Canadian citizen-graduated from Mac) and I am currently continuing doing research from my Masters project along with my first year classes. I am finding it quite difficult to manage time between both commitments and fear it may get worse into the fall where the course load at my institution is higher.I completed my Masters in Biochemistry (bioinformatics specifically) and was writing an algorithm for a publication where I would be first author (likely in a higher impact journal). In addition, I was offered to head statistical analysis for an upcoming clinical trial which will be published this year as well. I would like to note that my research work would be paid.I don't want to lose the opportunity to complete these projects that I am very passionate about, but at the same time, I would be essentially be delaying graduation from medical school by a year. I understand there are opportunities to do research after graduation as well, but I feel I would miss the boat on some of these potential first author publications that I have already invested a lot of work into. Additionally, my school does not have summers off, so this voids the opportunity of engaging in this research during that time.As of now, I feel I would regret the opportunity of not completing these projects and making a productive research year which would also involve international conference presentations. However, I feel as though insight from others who are perhaps free of any personal biases will help me make an informed decision.I look forward to hearing your advice and experiences on this matter.Thank you.
  13. Hey!! I'm currently trying to set a goal of reading at least 3 new research articles a week, just to improve my understanding of various topics and research methodology. Do people wanna form a group to discuss articles so can learn more ? We could maybe set a time for 1 or 2 times a week over Skype! If you're interested, reply below or DM me!
  14. For a university such as UofT which prefers its MD applicants to have research experience, do you think having publications can "make up" for a lower wGPA such as 3.88? I'm worried that I will not be invited for interviews due to my low marks but I have a lot of experience in research and in my opinion, good ECs. Thanks in advance!
  15. Hey everyone, Just looking for some advice from upper year med students/residents. I'm in my second year of medical school, and did research last summer (a summer studentship) that resulted in publication of an abstract in a good quality journal and a poster presentation at a national conference (and a travel grant). I'm currently potentially interested in either internal medicine or family medicine. I was wondering how important it is to do research over this summer? (I also have some research experience from undergrad- I volunteered in a lab in third year and did a thesis in 4th year which resulted in a poster presentation at a provincial-wide conference and a podium presentation at a local conference. Both conferences were done outside the thesis course i.e. not a course requirement). Also, if it's important, I'm first author on everything mentioned above. I would rather not devote this summer to research since it's my last "real" summer before clerkship and was instead thinking that I'd prefer to be involved in research in some capacity over my third year and take the summer off to travel (and maybe do a couple of electives). Also, if you have any advice for how to get involved with research during the school year next year, that would be great too (like should I just email doctors who's research work I'm interested in, and see what happens?) Any advice/insight would be appreciated. Thank you!!
  16. Hi! I am currently in the process of applying for an NSERC, and have also just recently interviewed for medical school. The interview went really well, but I am afraid that I won't be allow to undergo the NSERC if I am accepted to medical school since I would be registered for a professional program... Anyone have a similar experience, or can point me in the right direction based on who I should contact?
  17. I'm aware that NSERC USRA strongly looks at the students' GPA and what year they're in, but are they also looking for students who aren't from a complete science department? I'm double majoring in Biology and Visual Arts and I'm currently in first year. My first semester grade is a around a 3.3 GPA which isn't very high, so does NSERC USRA only look at your first semester grades?
  18. Hi guys, I'm new poster and I tried to search this up and couldn't find any answers- I apologize if this is repeated somewhere! Now, I have a course-based masters but I will end up having publications (1 first author minimum). I'm confused because I read that UofT treats thesis masters students differently by assessing them in their own graduate stream and their CV is assessed. I am definitely going to be applying to UofT next cycle with like a 0.0001% chance of getting in because of my very very very very low wgpa. I just wanted to know if the 3.0 minimum gpa (I know it's not even competitive but it's still a shot, albeit it a 1 in a million one) would apply to me as well seeing as: 1) I have a course based masters 2) I will have at least 1 first author publication under my belt Bonus Question #1: Will I be able to submit my CV in as well (that's one thing I know is very strong)? Bonus Question #2: Does it matter if I get published AFTER my masters or do you have to exhibit research productivity during your masters? [Sorry, this post was a lot longer than I hoped, I bolded the main questions) Thanks so much!
  19. I'm interested in applying for the NSERC USRA program at a few universities (UofWaterloo,Queens, etc..), but I'm just not sure about how students get paid? I'm sure it depends on the university you go to, but the schools I'm applying to aren't my institution so I have to think about living expenses and I'm confused about how they distribute the award. I'm new to this forum and I tried reading on their website, but I still don't understand the financial part, so thank you to those who can answer my question.
  20. Quick questions about research section of ABS: I worked on a research paper for a course and received a mark for that assignment. the professor was impressed with my work and wanted to publish with me, so we are currently working on editing and revising my paper (major revisions) to submit to a journal. This is being done outside of school time. Can I include this? I worked as a research analyst and wrote a couple of opinion pieces (backed by a lot of research) that were published on my employer's website. Can I include this? Thank you!
  21. Hey guys! I am just curious, when do most people start getting research experience? I am going into my second year, and I haven't started volunteering in a lab yet, but I'm really interested in doing that, eventually. I already have a bunch of extracurricular activities lined up, so I'm not sure how beneficial it would be for me to get involved during the school year, but I'm worried that I won't be able to get a good lab or hospital research position in the upcoming summer if I don't have prior experience? Thanks so much for your help! * Sorry - I posted this same question under general discussions, before I found this category.
  22. My PI and I expect to have my research submitted for publication sometime in the school year (I'm an undergrad student and this isn't a thesis project); I know that there are plenty of undergrads who get their work published in student journals, and that feels blatantly amateurish (it's also something I turned down in favor of being able to publish in a reputable journal). Do med schools care about where your research is published? I'm not asking about fine lines between journals, but do they care about the distinction between an undergraduate journal and an academic journal?
  23. I was wondering if the following situation would allow me to put this under research: I work in the healthcare, and part of my job is performing tests for research purposes. Although I am in no way directly involved in the publications, I do have a duty to keep the underlying "data collection" consistent. Would this be helpful if I put it under a research category or just keep it under employment? Other section: Is adding being a parent lame on the application? Should I even mention it or completely don't mention anything about it? I spoke to a friend (who is finishing cardiology) who told me that medical schools frown upon someone having other commitments; they prefer to have you fully commit to education, research, residency, and don't want family commitments to hinder your path to becoming a doctor. Thank you for your inputs
  24. Bonjour, Je suis intéressé par la formation simultanée M.D.-M. Sc. (http://www.fmed.ulaval.ca/les-programmes-detudes/etudes-en-medecine/doctorat-de-1ercycle-en-medecine/la-recherche/) Quelqu'un qui a fait cette formation pourait partager son expérience? Plus spécifiquement, j'aimerais savoir: 1) Il semble que le M.Sc est un grand plus+ quand on applique en résidence. Surtout que maintenant les notes fonctionnent sur un système réussite/échec durant les 4 années en médecine, je pense que c'est une façon de se démarquer des autres candidats pour des spécialités compétitives. Votre opinion? Pensez-vous que votre M.Sc vous a aidé/vous aidera énormément pour le CaRMS? 2) "Un préexternat sur 2 1/2 ans est fortement recommandé et facilitant. Une prolongation de formation d’un an dédiée aux études de maîtrise peut parfois s’avérer nécessaire." Malgré ce qui est écrit, est-ce que c'est réaliste de finir M.D.-M. Sc. en 4 ans? Je suis quand même vieux comparé à mes collègues, et il faut absolument que je finis med en 4 ans... Mon objective ultime est de devenir un chirurgien qui occupe une poste à l'hôpital, qui enseigne les résidents et qui fait un peu de recherche (pas trop). Je ne sais pas si cette formation vaudra la peine et m'aidera à atteindre cet objective. J'ai déjà fait deux projets de recherche durant mes années en dentisterie, et honnêtement je ne suis pas genre "passioné" par la recherche (juste intéressé un petit peu). Sinon je considère aussi le profil recherche. Vos opinions/suggestions seraient appréciées.
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