‘Your theory is crazy, but it’s not crazy enough to be true.’
Engaging in research is a formative experience for many clinicians, which fosters
professional development, academic understandings and contributes to the scientific
body of knowledge. Regardless of ones chosen specialty, some aspect of research
will be encountered. Therefore, engaging with research from an early stage can equip
one with a richer scientific vocabulary and deepened understanding of scientific
principles- in addition to pimping out the ol’ curriculum vitae.
The organisation of a research project is much the same as an elective, and anyone
one can participate in research. The main prerequisites are: some genuine scientific
questions, an active interest in those questions and a supervisor.
University College Cork is awash with quality research and opportunities for students
to engage with researcher are in abundance- the School of Medicine (and other
schools/departments) actively encourages their students to undertake some research.
SurgSoc would also encourage students to take any research opportunities
available to them. Therefore, the research and electives officer is available to assist in
the facilitation and promotion of student-led research.