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The Importance of Research Education in Medical School: Filling the Gaps

Submitted by on November 27, 2014 – 2:31 PM

researchMost people don’t really understand the importance of research work while studying to become a doctor. Research can really widen the knowledge of a student who is currently studying the same things. The high quality of medical care that we so easily enjoy today is due to the years of research done by physicians, PHDs and other medical professionals. If it wasn’t for researches being done all around the world we would still be battling and patients dying from the common flu. All the things that we learn during our medical studies have been derived from the research done in that field.

Many medical universities don’t really concentrate on research work and I’ve personally met many medical students who don’t even know how to read a medical article let alone write one. I think journal clubs should be compulsory in all medical universities so that students read the articles published in journals and learn how to present them by making PowerPoint presentations.

Many hospitals in the US and all around the world like Johns Hopkins, Harvard, University of Pennsylvania to name a few, provide research electives for students who like me are fascinated by the world of research. Medical universities should use the idea of  translational medical research to take the medical discoveries that have been made in a laboratory setting and translate them into medical practices that can be used by physicians to improve the lives of their patients. Every day new researches are being published and as a doctor one should be aware of all the medical advancements taking place in the world in order to treat their patients better and if we don’t teach medical students, who will become doctors one day we are really not doing them a favor. It’s a doctor’s job to be up to date with all the new techniques and knowledge being developed by researches going on worldwide.

Medical research is the search for cures to illness and disease. It has been one of the most important human activities throughout history. New diseases are emerging one after the other, like the Ebola virus recently found so if research is not taught to students, in the future we will have many such diseases and no one to find a cure so in my opinion research education is very important for a medical student and should not be considered otherwise.

About the Author: Faisal Iftikhar, is  a student of MBBS at Jinnah Medical and Dental College, Pakistan. he can be reached at [email protected]

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