Clinical experiences with AMO can fall into one of three categories. They can be hands-on, observerships, or research based. Many visitors elect to participate in hands-on observerships. Still, clinical research experiences offer participants an opportunity to learn something new and really stand apart from other applicants in the event they apply to U.S. residency programs. Continue reading below for the full scope of benefits a research clinical experiences provides.
While having your research published is not guaranteed during a clinical experience, it is a possibility. In fact, Italian medical student Augusto had research published through a clinical experience with AMO. He took part in a neurology clinical experience in August 2019 and spent time outside regular rotation hours to formulate his paper. His hard work paid off. In addition to becoming published, Augusto was invited to speak about his findings at conferences abroad in the months that followed his clinical experience. You can read more about Augusto’s research and experience here.
While Augusto’s success was unique, you can have similar success. It will demand proper planning and diligence, though. For tips on how to increase the change of your research being published during a clinical experience, check out these tips from the American Medical Association.
Stand Out on Paper
If you are planning to apply to residency in the U.S. or even a job in your home country, a research experience, if listed on your CV, can give you an edge, helping you stand out from other applicants. Many residency positions and medical institutions look for candidates with published research or who might become published in the future. Published research can lead to recognition and the potential for funding.
Research experiences can also show residency programs that you are serious when it comes to academics. It shows you are willing to put in the hours and work toward a future goal. In short, if residency programs are selecting between two candidates with similar qualifications, and one has research experience, they will most likely accept that individual into the program over the other.
Become a Better Physician
According to many sources, clinical research can help healthcare practitioners become better at their jobs. Research requires critical thinking, which is foundational to diagnosing patients and choosing a pathway for care. It also tests a physician’s ability to communicate their ideas in a way that is tangible to readers. This can help cultivate better professional and patient communication skills. Participating in research could give you early exposure to these skills, which you can fall back on in the future.
Convinced that a research clinical experience could give you an edge when applying to residency? AMO offers more than a dozen clinical experiences in this area.