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Time to invest on research during medical training
  1. Mariana Peyroteo1,
  2. Maria Moitinho de Almeida2,
  3. Miguel Cunha3,4,
  4. Joana Simões5,
  5. Ana Alagoa João6,
  6. José Moreira Azevedo7,
  7. Bárbara Vieira8,
  8. David Cordeiro Sousa9,10,
  9. Diana Leite11,
  10. Clara Gaio-Lima12,
  11. António Sampaio Soares6
  1. 1 Surgical Oncology Department, Instituto Portugues de Oncologia do Porto Francisco Gentil EPE, Porto, Portugal
  2. 2 Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters, Institute of Health and Society, Universite catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
  3. 3 General Surgery, Centro Hospitalar Universitario do Algarve, Portimao, Portugal
  4. 4 Surgery Department, Centro Hospitalar Universitario do Algarve, Faro, Portugal
  5. 5 Surgery Department, Hospital Garcia de Orta EPE, Almada, Portugal
  6. 6 Surgery Department, Hospital Professor Doutor Fernando Fonseca EPE, Amadora, Portugal
  7. 7 Surgery Department, Hospital da Horta EPER, Horta, Portugal
  8. 8 Surgery Department, Hospital do Santo Espírito, Ilha Terceira, PT, Ilha Terceira, Portugal
  9. 9 Vision Sciences Study Center, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal
  10. 10 Vitreoretinal Unit, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  11. 11 Anaesthesia Department, Centro Hospitalar e Universitário de Coimbra EPE, Coimbra, Portugal
  12. 12 Anaesthesia Department, Hospital do Divino Espírito Santo de Ponta Delgada EPE, Ponta Delgada, Portugal
  1. Correspondence to Dr Mariana Peyroteo, Instituto Portugues de Oncologia do Porto Francisco Gentil EPE, Porto, Portugal; mariana.peyroteo{at}

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With the current COVID-19 pandemic, our societies have witnessed an unprecedented generation and dissemination of information, including of scientific nature. With thousands of new studies published every day, it is a challenge for physicians to keep up with the evidence relevant for their practice. Such times call for physicians’ ability to critically appraise the medical literature for its soundness and relevance. In addition, it is of the uttermost importance that research published in extremely short periods of time maintains high-quality standards and is useful for physicians all around the globe. The solution for this pandemic crisis depends on research and development and our doctors have been trained to diagnose and treat. They lack research training—essential to build, interpret and effectively apply scientific evidence. Therefore, it is time to acknowledge the critical importance of research training as an early component of medical education, which, as many studies have shown, carries many advantages.

Research training skills allow critical assessment of medical literature, promote relevant clinical questions and the framing of its findings in a clinically meaningful way, ultimately resulting in improved knowledge translation into clinical practice.1 Doctors with appropriate research training can play a pivotal role in designing clinical trials and promoting patient-centred research.2 They are also more focused on teaching medical students, further contributing to the expansion of medical knowledge. The whole …

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  • Contributors MP, JS, AAJ, JMA and ASS has contributed to the design and dissemination of the Portuguese questionnaire mentioned in the editorial and manuscript draft. MMdA, MC, BV, DCS, DL and CG-L has contributed to the manuscript draft.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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