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Is research needed in college

I want to become a doctor and apply to medical school

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Yasemin’s Answer

Hi Kennedy! It is recommended but not required for medical school. I do agree with the previous answer on how it can make you more competitive and prepared for medical school, especially if you can get a publication or present your project. I also would recommend that if you are interested in doing research as a physician in the future like a combined MD/PhD, etc. to take part in some research. In addition some schools are heavily concentrated on research, so if you do apply to a medical school that emphasizes research having some experience in it will be a good highlight on your application. As a last note it is quality over quantity for medical school, so if you will do research then a year or more would be beneficial, about 100 hours. This can vary but medical schools do like to see time commitment and effort to know that you stayed committed and cared about the experience.

Check out the link below from AAMC.org for more information!

I wish you the best!

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Debra’s Answer

Hi Kennedy - Most undergraduate programs do not include research courses. There are exceptions of course. There may be courses where you will learn about research - what it is, the different ways in which it's conducted, the research process, etc. But you will probably not have to actually conduct any research of your own - meaning you won't go out and collect data and analyze that data. You will write papers where you will use sources and argue a specific point. But that's writing - and not really "research". Course catalogs - many of which are online - can be viewed to see what courses you will take in a specific degree plan and an overview of what the course is about. They don't show the specifics like a course syllabus does, but you can get a general idea about most of your courses that way. If you want to go to medical school, you'll probably want to look at getting your undergraduate degree in biology or chemistry - or one of the sciences. So you will learn about the research process in those courses. Some students WANT to be involved in research so many colleges have Undergraduate Offices of Research opportunities that help students find research experiences. Many medical school admissions offices look favorably on students who have research experience. The article below discusses the benefits students can get from being involved in research. Best of luck to you!

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Article discussing the benefits of research experience as a student. https://www.aacu.org/publications-research/periodicals/undergraduate-research-high-impact-student-experience

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Tyreena’s Answer

Hello Kennedy!

This is a great question. It's not required often in most colleges but I highly recommend it for the experience can make you a stronger and more competitive applicant.

Hope this helped,

Tyreena Webb

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Richard’s Answer

Recommended extracurricular activities include Research & Clinical shadowing. Getting good grades and high MCAT score are the most important part of your application.

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Rachel’s Answer

It's always beneficial to have something to put in the research box on the application. However, it is not necessary. I had no research and also no trouble getting into med school.