Research 101: Where do I Begin?
In today’s competitive residency search, many residency programs are looking for students with research experience. All programs have a required Research Thesis component and do not want to spend the whole time educating their residents as to what this means. As students, we want to be prepared but with heavy study loads and long days on rotations, how do medical students make time for this?
Your ACOEP Student Board’s Research Committee is here to help!
To get started, download our Research 101 pdf on what type of research you could get involved in- not everything happens in a lab with mice and test tubes!
Next, take advantage of our database COMs Research Department Contacts.
If you do not see your school represented, please email Your Research Committee Chair Person, today!
Required Training and Certification
To safely conduct research with people or animals you need to be trained and certified. Check with your school’s Research Department contact. If you are unsure of the proper contact person, email yourResearch Committee Chairperson.
Many schools use the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program). It is a free, web-based, nationally recognized resource. These certificates will also follow you to residency!
In order to begin a new research project the FDA requires you to be in complience with your school’s Institutional Review Board. Click here for more information on these requirements.