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Hey everyone, 

I'm a first year student and had a question about something. A close family member is an investigator involved with research that I would be super interested in helping out with. However, (and  I might be counting chickens before they hatch) I'm wondering if this would look bad. 

Prior to medical school, my resume wasn't really related to anything this family member does. However, now I am curious if doing this could be problematic if it ever progressed to the point of wanting to put it on residency applications etc. 

Thoughts?

Thanks! 

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It generally won't be a problem, unless it comes to reference letters. For instance a publication from that research would be as good as any, but if your close family member was to write you a reference, it would be seen as possibly biased. Is there a co-investigator who would be able to write you a letter when it comes time down the road?

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12 hours ago, bearded frog said:

It generally won't be a problem, unless it comes to reference letters. For instance a publication from that research would be as good as any, but if your close family member was to write you a reference, it would be seen as possibly biased. Is there a co-investigator who would be able to write you a letter when it comes time down the road?

Thank you! 

Yes, as far as I know if i were to get involved there would be other investigators I would be working with :).

 

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12 hours ago, bearded frog said:

It generally won't be a problem, unless it comes to reference letters. For instance a publication from that research would be as good as any, but if your close family member was to write you a reference, it would be seen as possibly biased. Is there a co-investigator who would be able to write you a letter when it comes time down the road?

Thank you! 

Yes, as far as I know if i were to get involved there would be other investigators I would be working with :).

 

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