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Do you need a lot of self discipline for medical research?

I want to enter the field of medical research #medicine #graduate #research

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Taylor’s Answer

Without a doubt, the answer is 100% yes! Research is definitely a long term and intensive commitment. I was in a research lab during high school and it can get extremely tiring. Long days in the lab just continuously running tests or reading papers. Its definitely for the most committed people.


If you don't love it, you will hate it. I would shadow a lab or get involved in one a bit before you commit.

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Brooks’s Answer

It's a great idea to try it out as a volunteer before you jump in - researchers definitely work long hours on average, and you're going to have a lot more failed experiments than successful ones. It takes a lot of patience, dedication, and drive to solve hard problems. Especially in academic research, you'll often be expected to be very self-motivated; you'll have a lot of freedom to decide when to come to work, but the work needs to get done.

But on the other hand... research is a world of possibility unlike pretty much any other job. Every day you come to work to learn something that's not only new to you - it's new to the whole world! Those hard problems will be lots of fun to solve, and it's incredibly rewarding when it all comes together and you make that discovery. But I don't think it's a great career, or life, if those things don't really motivate you into being disciplined, so you get the most out of your own abilities.
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