On The Road To Medical School: How To Find The Perfect Research Lab for You
Start writing a post
Student Life

On The Road To Medical School: How To Find The Perfect Research Lab for You

"A common misconception that a lot of pre-med students have is that they need to work in a laboratory-based lab."

On The Road To Medical School: How To Find The Perfect Research Lab for You
Photo by Lucas Vasques on Unsplash

Medical school and the path to get there can be very overwhelming. Trust me, I know. But I want to hopefully calm some of your nerves and help you look at it in separate chunks. It's important to focus on the requirements that the particular medical schools that you're interested in have. A popular requirement that I see in research-based medical schools is having research experience.

As a freshman, I would hear about my friends who were upperclassmen talk about the research labs they were a part of and how much they enjoyed it. However, I have also heard of some people only participating in a lab because they felt like they had to, not because they wanted to. Hearing from both sides helped me eventually find the perfect research lab that I was genuinely interested in. I know that I wanted to keep my application honest so I made sure to participate in something I was passionate about.

A common misconception that a lot of pre-med students have is that they need to work in a laboratory-based lab. These labs are usually biology, chemistry, or ecology based. While many students do choose to be involved in these types of labs, it is not a requirement. However, I would still highly suggest researching the potential medical schools you would like to go to, to find out if they do require laboratory-based lab research experience.

In my case, the labs didn't interest me very much. I do enjoy sciences liked biology but I did not see myself working in that type of lab setting. So, I dug a little deeper and finally decided to participate in a psychology/speech research lab. The particular research that the lab was doing interested me on a clinical and personal level, so I knew that I would enjoy it. And I do! Instead of wearing a lab coat and goggles, I am able to communicate with new people every week and interact with them in a clinical setting. I feel like I am able to work to my full potential while learning something new each time.

While a psychology/speech lab is not as common as what a typical pre-med student would do, I enjoy it very much. And I encourage everyone to branch out and participate in something that you're passionate about! Whether you enjoy genetics, observing plants, or observing the psychological mind of individuals; do something that you actually like.

I know that it can be intimidating seeing everyone around you joining the chemistry and biology-based research labs, but you have to focus on whatever you find fascinating. You also have to remember that you will be including something about your research experience in your personal statement and/or somewhere in the application so you want to make sure that you are as honest as possible. The application and personal statement can be tedious but you could make it slightly easier on yourself if you're explaining something you were passionate about with ease.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
beer on the beach

Summer is hot and humid, and it's almost like summer was made specifically to drink the refreshing, cold, crisp wonderful, delicious, nutritious nectar of the gods. Which is none other than beer; wonderful cold beer. With summer playing peek-a-boo around the corner while we finish up this semester, it's time to discuss the only important part of summer. And if you haven't already guessed, it's beer. There are few things I take more seriously than my beer, in order are: sports... and beer. Here are my favorite summer brews:

Keep Reading...Show less

7 Reasons SoCal Rocks!

75 degrees and sunny, plus, no humidity. I mean do I really need to say more?

woman in black and white long sleeve shirt carrying girl in red jacket in Venice beach
Photo by Jeff Hopper on Unsplash

SoCal summers are the best summers by far, and honestly, no argument is needed. But, if you aren't sure why SoCal summers are the best, here are 7 reasons why!

Keep Reading...Show less

25 Lyrics for Selfie Captions

Because let's be honest, we all use lyrics.

woman takes a selfie for social media

Sometimes you can't think of the perfect caption for your Instagram post. I love using lyrics as my captions because there's so many great lines in songs that just seem to fit in the moment. Here are some lyrics that could work for your selfie or pictures of you with your friends!

Keep Reading...Show less

Bruce Springsteen's Top 7 Lyrics

Everything Bruce says in his classic rock songs.

bruce springsteen album cover born in the usa

Anyone who was born and raised in New Jersey (or anywhere really) knows of Bruce Springsteen, whether or not they like him is a whole other situation. I hope that his hundreds of classic rock songs and famous high energy performances, even in his sixties he can put on better concerts than people half his age, are at least recognizable to people of all ages. Love him or hate him (I identify with the former) you have to admit that some of his songs and interviews have inspirational quotes and lyrics.

Keep Reading...Show less

New England Summers Are The BEST Summers

Why you should spend your next summer in New England.

Marconi Beach

Three years ago, I chose to attend college in Philadelphia, approximately 360 miles away from my small town in New Hampshire. I have learned many valuable lessons away from home, and have thoroughly enjoyed my time spent in Pennsylvania. One thing that my experience has taught me, however, is that it is absolutely impossible to beat a New England summer.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments