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  1. 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?
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. IScream4IceCream

    Reading research papers group

    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!
  5. 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!
  6. m_jacob_45


    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!!
  7. 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?
  8. 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?
  9. 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!
  10. 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.
  11. I am currently volunteering as a research assistant for a health organization by conducting literature reviews on specific social, psychological and physical health topics that are used for grants and program development. I do not have any lab or research experience affiliated with my undergraduate institution. I will not be writing a thesis in my fourth year either as a part of my program. Should I also get involved in academic research at my undergrad? Is it important to have publications as a part of your research experience? I am not overly interested in doing research at my university but am thinking that my current involvement may not be enough.
  12. 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!
  13. 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.
  14. 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?
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. I was going through a list of information online about the advantages/ disadvantages of pursuing a PhD if you are dead certain about entering the field of academic neurosurgery. A curious trend I observed is that, it is possible to receive a PhD in neurosurgery while doing your residency. One of the big examples I can think of is Dr Michael G. Fehlings who is the Krembil Chair in Neural Repair & Regeneration at U of T. More info: http://neurosurgery.utoronto.ca/faculty/list/fehlings.htm How would one compare/ contrast this with the more traditional MD/PhD curriculum in terms of duration of the program? I ask this because I am wondering if a post-doctral fellowship ensues after a residency or if one has substantial research experience during both med, residency, and fellowship the post-doc is not mandatory?
  18. So obviously I understand that it is not a set process and other factors play into this, but I was wondering what people thought/knew about the amount of publications for premeds who get accepted to med school, and the equivalent process for residency matching. Obviously many factors come into play (ex. quality of journal, type of research, etc) but I was hoping to get a general idea to gauge better where i stand... Thanks in advance!
  19. PreMedJen

    Changing Research Jobs?

    So I have been hired as a summer research student at a hospital with a renowned cardiologist. I am helping a doctor with their clinical research (dry lab - data entry) alongside a team of summer students. The problem is I am not very interested in this specialization and the work is somewhat dull. Don't get me wrong, I am thankful to have gotten this job, gained a greater appreciation for the doctor's specialization and, I even get to shadow surgeries. I have learned a few things in terms of anatomy, procedural success and failure, etc. I understand that research can be slow and is repetitive too, but this is all data entry. On top of that, I spent all last summer interning with him and working a part time job to show my loyalty as a student. Luckily, even got to co-author a paper (yeah I know, this isn't as big as being a primary author, but I am working on it).Should I stay with this job next year - so I can put down that I worked with him for a while, hopefully learn more in this role and hopefully get a good reference letter? Or should I try to find a new research job that I find more interesting? Just don't know if being interested in research or showing your commitment to it is more important. I just finished my second year of undergrad. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. (not trying to whine here)
  20. Hi! I'm going into second year, and I already have a few extra-curriculars lined up and a part time job on campus, and together, these activities might already take up about 15 hours per week. Would it be a bad idea to also volunteer in a lab? It's something I haven't done before, so I'm just not exactly sure what kind of weekly time commitment that requires. I'm asking because one of the professors I emailed, simply mentioned that a lot of second year students end up abandoning lab work by the middle of the semester since workload gets heavier. The dilemma is, I'd really like to apply for NSERC or work in a lab or participate in a hospital research program in the summer after second year, but in order to get accepted, should I start volunteering during the school year to gain experience beforehand? I suppose I'm also asking, if it's likely for students without prior research experience to get accepted into those programs? Thanks!
  21. Hey all, I am hoping to apply this following cycle but am just curious about what constitutes a publication. I am currently doing some work with a Neurological Association where I am writing articles for them which they post on their website. I am curious whether or not this is considered a publication or not. Can you also just briefly describe to me what a publication would be. Thanks so much in advance and congrats to everyone who just found their acceptance
  22. Hey guys! I'm currently in Cegep and did not manage to get into medicine this year (one bad semester for personal reasons brought my R score down). I am thinking of going into physiotherapy next year at mcgill in order to boost my grades/ have a degree that I like as a back-up. Here are my questions: 1) I read for mcgill medicine, I must complete a 90 credit (3 years) program in order to apply. Will my cegep prerequisites still count in my future application? Does physiotherapy include any electives ? (Doesn't seem to have all the prereqs @ university that can be used instead of the prereqs at cegep) 1 Would I have to apply after the three years, or after two (if the third one is in completion). Has anyone managed to get in after three years? From this forum most people seem to get invites during their fourth university year. 2) How quickly can I consider applying to other schools in medicine as well? Must I complete a three-year program for all three (UdeS, UdeM, UdeL)? 3) Can anyone who has done/ is doing physio @ mcgill/ other universities please tell me what to expect and give me suggestions on how to keep a high gpa? For the ones who managed to get into medicine afterwards... any advice? And this might seem really silly but i'd like to partake in research someday but I'm not really sure where to start looking except for the researches conducted at mcgill (which dont interest me all that much). Where can i start looking ? Thank you everyone, any input is really appreciated!
  23. Hello to everyone! I thought winter was already over in Quebec... It looks like it isn't! They predict -19 °C for tomorrow night.... damn... Anyway, this reminded me of what a great potential we have in North America to freely contribute to research! Let me explain : Heating is, in some parts of Canada, done with electricity or a combination of electricity and gas. In each case, heat is generated by a different physical process. As you certainly know, gas is burned in an exothermic redox reaction. It is actually pretty hard from a thermodynamic perspective to do anything else with it : the efficiency of an internal combustion engine (generation mechanical energy) is at most ~30-32 %, and very efficient gas turbines don't surpass 65 % efficiency. In engineering terms, we say that thermal energy is a "low quality" energy. Electricity is different : it is essentially the highest quality of energy that we know of. Converting electricity to anything is always theoretically efficient. Take for example an electrical motor (electricity to mechanical) which can surpass 95 %, or the good old lightbulb which is essentially 100 % efficient in converting electricity to electromagnetic radiation (only 3-4 % in the visible part though!). Usually, when anything runs on electricity, the energy goes through a cascade of conversions to lower quality forms of energy. Take for example your computer : electricity enters your house and travels through your wires up to your computer. It then enters the power supply, where it is converted from an AC form to a DC form by a rather efficient circuit, and then supplied to many transistors, capacitors, resistors, fan and hard drive motors, and LED's. Transistors, capacitors and resistors emit heat through "Joule heating" or resistive heating (creating heat directly), and they vibrate slightly at some very high frequency (creating sound waves). Motors also create mechanical energy in the form of turbulent flow (CPU fan) or mechanical sound wave (hard disk drive motor). LEDs emit energy in the form of electromagnetic radiation. Here's what happens with all of those forms of energy : - Joule heating is already heat. - Sound waves end up propagating through the air, dissipating along the way. Physically, dissipation is caused by frictional forces in the fluid. - Turbulent air flow happens on many scales depending on the velocity, and those different scales create the big and smaller vortices that you can see in any turbulent flow (wind gusts, flow in a rapid, flow of water down the faucet, etc). Ultimately, whatever the type of fluid or the speed or the size of vortices, viscous dissipation happens and all energy is converted to thermal energy in the fluid. - Electromagnetic radiation is absorbed by matter, creating internal heat. Yes, the process leading up to the absorption of the LED's energy is the same as the one leading up to your yearly sunburn in spring ;-). In the end, it all ends up as heat anyway. So why not use the electricity wisely before it disappears? This is where the World Community Grid (WCG) comes in. WCG is a nonprofit backed by IBM which creates a distributed supercomputer. Supercomputers are, as you may know, essential to many aspects of research including vaccine and anti-viral medication development, protein folding simulations, drug pre-screening, and many others. WCG allows researchers to use your computer as part of a huge network of other volunteers to run those calculations at a very low cost. Supercomputers require huge cooling power. Unless... unless it's -19 °C outside ;-), in which case, it's essentially free science. The application can be configured to run only when plugged in and when it's not in use, so you basically don't notice it. You can choose to participate in specific projects, or all of them. I'm currently contributing to finding anti-viral drugs to ZIKA and Ebola and finding potential new drugs for neuroblastoma, Wilms' tumors, hepatoblastoma, germ cell tumors and osteosarcoma. If this sounds like something you would like to try, simply click here and follow the instructions : The World Community Grid. You can also install it on your Android device and make it work only while it's charging! The app is called HTC Power To Give. Don't hesitate to ask questions! Best Regards
  24. I started helping perform dry lab research within the first few months of starting undergrad, with a resident at a hospital in my area. The stuff I did was really basic (data collection from patient charts). Recently, I started working as a student researcher at my university's affiliated hospital, with a PI who seemed really kind. I was given a systematic review project to work with another upper year student. This PI was willing to take me on the spot during my interview and said that I could work with him in future clinical studies that he will be conducting, if we (me and the PI) work well together. He has assigned us (me and the upper year student) to work on everything in the research process (search strategy, data collection, analysis, manuscript) and he is helping us along the way, and basically said that he's hoping to get this journal published with us either as first or second author. However, because I am still in my first year of undergrad and have only done basic data collection in research up until this point, I feel a lot less adequate then this other individual I am working on the project with. I don't really know about anything in the research project. For example, he asked us for input on the search strategy he developed for us to get us going, but at the time, I had no idea what a good search strategy consisted of. Whenever I ask my PI questions, I get really intimidated because he answers in huge thorough paragraphs. When he asks for our suggestions and I suggest something that I think could possibly work (based on my knowledge from solely researching the topic by myself), he always writes a huge paragraph as to why my suggestion wouldn't work. I feel like I'm not even contributing anything substantial because I'm always so confused and my ideas never seem to be good. I feel like I'm asking so many stupid questions. I'm worried that he will think that I'm inadequate to continue researching with him in the possible future. Any suggestions for my current situation?
  25. I did an NSERC last summer. I also wrote my MCAT two weeks after my lab work finished. I scored pretty badly because I did not have a lot of time to study (commuting over 3 hr, work). I wasn't very motivated to study because I came home stressed from being in a hostile lab environment; I felt like more of a burden in the lab and as if people didn't want me there as a student. The only reason I'm considering doing an NSERC while retaking the MCAT again is for the valuable research experience and possible connections with a prof. Is it really worth it? Should I just spend next summer solely on the MCAT? I just don't want to feel as if my summer is wasted if I don't do anything other than the MCAT...