Conducting Research as a Medical Student: A Need for Change




Education, Medical, Undergraduate, Interdisciplinary Study, Academic opportunities, Research integration, Research initiatives, Student engagement, Cardiovascular Research Unit, Medical curriculum, Mentorship, Breakthroughs in medicine, Time management, Flexner Report, Physician-scientists, Research committees, Horizontal mentorship, Translational research, Global South, Curriculum vitae (CV)


This article is a short opinion piece addressing the personal and professional importance of performing research, while also highlighting some of the difficulties we might face while doing so. With this said, a historical perspective on research conducted by medical students is given, which exemplifies the significance of this component in students' lives and future careers. Alongside this, the statistics also exemplify the student's desire to do more research and how universities have failed to meet students’ expectations. Finally, some examples of small but immediate measures are offered that can help reform medical curricula through new mentorship regimes, better communication, more financial support, and better overall opportunities that will be key in motivating more students to conduct research.


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Flowchart on Some of the Proposed Changes and their Intertwining


2024-05-13 — Updated on 2024-07-09

How to Cite

Rodrigues Gomes, J. (2024). Conducting Research as a Medical Student: A Need for Change . International Journal of Medical Students, 12(2), 222–225.