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‏How can I improve myself in scientific research during my study as a pharmacy student ?

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Dana’s Answer

I can recommend several different methods of improving scientific research skills while a student. The first, and most direct, is to ask to be a helper or volunteer in a lab that is doing reseach in a topic that is of interest to you. This position maybe nothing more that cleaning and maintaing lab glassware or equipment but you will develop a true appreciation for the meticulous requirements of research. An option is to form a journal or discussion club. This will require someone of faculty or graduate student status to serve as a mentor/mediator for a group of students that read, study, and at the time of meeting discuss a specific research paper. The discussion should include: review of techniques, statistic evaluation, defense of point, etc. The group can be made of teams, individuals, whatever, and can be done on-line via zoom, skype, or facetime.
These are two very easy methods to augment your studies and may provide motivation to you and others. Never, never, give up. Also, never confuse the two, your life and your work. The second is merely a part of the first.
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Eunice’s Answer

Hi Eman, if you're at uni, definitely speak to your tutor about your aspiration to scientific research. Tutor plays a good support throughout uni and he/she may be able to guide you to how you achieve your goal. As suggested by the others, there are usually numerous research opportunities open to students, try to connect with the departments and see how they could offer you. Especially during summer times, there are lots of ongoing researches from PhD students and that's where you can jump in and learn from their experience too! All these experiences can definitely help you through times at uni especially when working towards your thesis. Either you are going to work in community or industrial pharmacy in the future, it's a skill that you can always use at work.

All the best ;)
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Tara’s Answer

There are so many opportunities to do this! It's fantastic you are interested in research which will give you an extra skillset valuable to finding and maintaining a career. Some ideas:
1) Find some colleagues who are doing research and ask if you can connect with them to hear more about their projects and how they got started; if you can't find someone, pick a topic that interests you and email the author of the research to see if he or she would be open to connecting with you to hear more about how the project proceeded start to finish as you would like to improve your scientific research skillset (most are very happy to do this!)
2) Try to find a colleague who is involved in a research project and volunteer to support the project - perhaps a professor at the College you are attending. Pick a topic that really interests you and offer to do parts of the project (a literature review, support an ethics submission, help find pharmacists who are interested in participating in the study)
3) Find a recently published research project and try to determine whether it's a project that could be implemented in your community; what would make it feasible and where does it lack feasibility for implementation
4) See if there is an opening for a research assistant position (paid or volunteer) at your College
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Nanditha’s Answer

Hi Eman - we need so many more like you in the current environment. More power to you on your road to becoming a pharmacist. The best way to get some scientific research experience is to partner with local universities and medical schools. They have a lot of research opportunities open to students, even starting as early as in high school. If you go to their website and search for research internships, they will typically have them listed there. Good luck!
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