How to Find Research Opportunities as a Premed

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OPM 213: How to Find Research Opportunities as a Premed

Session 213

How do you find opportunities to get experience in a research setting, and what do you do if your premed institution doesn’t seem to have any?

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[01:30] OldPreMeds Question of the Week

I’m a nontraditional student making my way through a DIY postbacc at one of the CUNY schools in NYC. 

The only school that I could find in the system that both offers all of the classes I need and allows 2nd-degree-seeking students to register for classes early enough for me to actually get into said classes doesn’t have much in the way of research opportunities. 

I am going to see whether I can do research at another, more research-heavy CUNY institution, but I’m not sure whether I’ll be able to. 

I was wondering whether it is possible to get involved in research outside of one’s premed institution, and if so, how to approach that process. Thank you!”

[02:15] Where Can You Get Research Opportunities?

'Research is something that a lot of students want to explore. It's not something you have to do to get into medical school.'Click To Tweet

Everything in life is not given to you because of where you’re at. You go out and you get everything.

It’s not about whether an institution has research or not. Go and make research if it’s something you’re interested in.

Moreover, research doesn’t have to be at an institutional level. Reach out to different physicians and what research they’re doing. Try to get research outside of your institution.

[04:30] Final Thoughts

Don’t let the name or the size of the institution you’re at hold you back.

Don’t think you can’t go and do what another medical student at a “prestigious institution” with tons of resources can do. You can go and do it all.


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