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Stimulating the clinical academics of tomorrow: a survey of research opportunities for medical students in New Zealand.

Authors
  • Al-Busaidi, Ibrahim S1
  • Wells, Cameron I2
  • 1 Resident Medical Officer, Department of General Medicine, Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, Christchurch.
  • 2 Medical Student, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, The University of Auckland, Auckland.
Type
Published Article
Journal
The New Zealand medical journal
Publication Date
Sep 22, 2017
Volume
130
Issue
1462
Pages
80–88
Identifiers
PMID: 28934771
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Developing the clinical academic workforce of the future is a priority of international relevance. Despite a number of measures implemented to address this challenge, a small proportion of medical students engage in research. Lack of knowledge of available research opportunities, and difficulty finding projects and suitable mentors are key barriers to undergraduate medical research. To date, there is no consolidated source of information on undergraduate research training opportunities and their outcomes available to medical students in New Zealand. Based on a comprehensive review of the published and grey literature and the authors' personal experiences of research training activities as medical students, this article presents an overview of the research training opportunities available to medical students in New Zealand. Challenges facing medical student research involvement are discussed and current knowledge gaps in the literature are highlighted. The article concludes with suggested strategies to help promote research training opportunities and support students through their research experience.

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