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Medical student research: is it necessary and beneficial?
  1. Bernard M Y Cheung
  1. Department of Medicine, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
  1. Correspondence to Professor Bernard M Y Cheung, Department of Medicine, Queen Mary Hospital, Pokfulam, Hong Kong; mycheung{at}hku.hk

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It is no longer a rarity for undergraduate medical students to conduct a research project, present it at a scientific conference and publish it as an abstract or a full paper. The proponents for undergraduate research believe that learning about research makes better doctors, with a more critical reading of the literature and clinical research evidence. To complete a research project and to present it at a conference or publish it as a paper motivates the student to take the research to a higher level. It gives a sense of achievement and may induce the student to conduct research after becoming a doctor, to obtain a higher degree or even become an academic.

The benefits of early exposure to research are tangible, but whether it is …

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