Questions & Answers

Here we try to answer some of the most common questions we get regarding research in general, the Student’s Scientific Conference, The Student’s Research Matching Program and our Peer-to-Peer Sessions.

Q1) Why should I do research?

  • To build your resume. Generally, any research experience is an added bonus to tip strong applicants over the edge. “Students with research experience learn how to read and interpret current medical literature”
  • To whom much is given, much is expected
  • Also, because, you can do it!

Q2) What do we mean by research?

  • Shorthand for the studies that contribute to the literature, that provides the material for Evidence Based Medicine – this includes literature reviews, cohort studies, systemic analysis, case reports etc.

Q3) What is a publication?

  • To publish is to make content available to the general public, this involves submitting your work to Journals that ‘publish’ them.

Q4) Why is a publication important?

  • Publication of research articles is as important as carrying out the research; dissemination of findings being as critical as the actual finding. Publication is an added bonus to your resume. Some Residency programs take candidates with publications into consideration over those that do not have much experience in the research field.

Q5) How many members can I have in a group?

  • It depends, in general a research team doesn’t necessarily have a limit on the number of members, but the smaller, the better. Only add members when you think they can add something to the project. i.e. add a member who has experience in SPSS, or in Questionnaires, or PCR, etc.
  • In RAKMHSU, the following have a limit on the number of team members:
    • Student’s Scientific Conference: Up to 4 members
    • Student’s Research Matching Program: Up to 3 members

Q6) How can I come up with a topic?

  • This can be done either in person or via the Student’s Research Matching Program.
  • For detailed information, please click here.

Q7) How many research projects can I do in a year?

  • There’s no limit really, it depends on your time management skills and the type of projects, though it’s always better to prioritize quality over quantity, especially when you’re just starting out.
  • As for the Student’s Scientific Conference, it has its own rules in that regard:
    • Each student can participate with a maximum of TWO scientific papers.
    • The categories are:
      • Literature Review/Meta-analysis
      • Case Reports
      • Research: Laboratory- based or Survey/record-based (only one scientific paper in this category)
    • The scientific papers presented in the first two categories will be considered for poster presentation while the scientific papers in research category will be considered for oral presentation.
    • You cannot do two laboratory based researches in the same year.

Q8) How can I approach a mentor? How do I choose my mentor?

  • Approach the professor of your subject of interest during their office hours and explain to them your interest in research.
  • If you have a topic in mind, read up on it before you approach them so you can make your meeting with them as productive as possible.
  • If you don’t have a topic in mind, ask them whether or not they have any pending projects that you could be involved in.
  • Tell them about your preferred type of research, if any.
  • Ask them for advice on how to conduct research in general and for any pointers on how to deal with your specific topic.
  • Always express your interest in publishing at the outset.
  • Always set a date for your next meeting, the sooner the better.

Q9) Can alumni/postgraduate/interns participate in research with us?

  • Yes, they can participate with any of their faculty and in the Student’s Scientific Conference.

Q10) Should the topic only be related to the residency I want to pursue?

  • Nope, it can be anything that interests you.  It will show the breadth of your interests and knowledge.
  • But, it’s always advised to do a project that matches your desired post-graduate program to show your interest.

STUDENT RESEARCH MATCHING PROGRAM

Q1) What is the Student Research Matching Program (SRMP)?

  • The Student Research Matching Program (SRMP) aims to bridge the gaps between the students and supervisors by facilitating this communication and to provide the students with research opportunities.
  • The SRMP will facilitate the communication between students and their faculty supervisors and enables the program directors to monitor their work continuously.
  • The project provides a student-faculty mutual benefits, giving the students the opportunity to perform research, while providing faculty with help from interested and eager students.

Q2) How does the whole process work?

Q3) Why should I sign up for the SRMP?

  • Why would you not?! This is an opportunity that you wouldn’t want to miss!
  • the SRMP is a more efficient research channel that will simplify your journey and help you become published as soon as possible.

Q4) How can I sign up for the program?

  • You can click here and fill up the form to sign up for the selection program.

Q5) What happens after I fill up the form?

  • The Committee on Science and Technology will review your form according to criteria approved by the Student Affairs Department.
  • If you’re selected you’ll be called up for the orientation program to be assigned to your team and project.
  • If you’re not selected for the current batch, you’ll be placed on the waiting list.

Q6) How many times can I fill up the form?

  • Once shall do.

Q7) If I was matched once and was done with a research project through the SRMP, can I apply again?

  • Yes, you can.

Q8) What is the eligibility and selection criteria?

  • The members of the Science and Technology committee will review the form and select the student according to criteria approved by the Student Affairs Department.
  • All you have to do is, fill up the form!

Q9) You’re going to facilitate research for me, without any cost, what’s the catch?

  • There’s no catch! We aim to get more students involved into research, it’s importance; make things easier, and get them to publish their work!

PEER-TO-PEER Sessions

Q1) What is the peer to peer program?

  • In this program, your fellow students with experience in research and publication will conduct peer-to-peer sessions where they share their knowledge and experience with you in order to make it easier for you to take the next step towards becoming a more efficient researcher.
  • You will be assigned a ‘mentor’ (a student), who has experience on conducting a research. This mentor will guide you through every step.
  • To know more about it, please click here.

Q2) Why should I sign up for peer to peer?

  • Many a times we end up missing an opportunity because we don’t know how to utilize it to its fullest. In this case, a research project. Researching is a tedious and requires good guidance to produce good results. This is where the Peer to Peer Program comes into play!

Q3) Where can I sign up for peer to peer program?

Q4) Do I need to pay to be a part of this?

  • Absolutely not!

Q5) Do I have to attend all the sessions?

  • Not necessarily, those who attend all sessions will be awarded a certificate of participation, otherwise you can join at any point.

If you have any more questions, don’t hesitate to contact us via the Contact page.