June 18, 2017

Medical Student Research Experience

Benefits of research experience

Research experience is not a requirement for admission to medical school, dental school, residency training or applying for positions in the work force. However, proper medical student research experience will most likely enhance your qualifications and put you in an competitive advantage when applying for future school or job positions. Medical student research experience will put any student in a higher competitive advantage.

The science you learn in the classroom all comes from research. It comes from scientists who have devoted their time and intelligence to develop different fields by understanding problems, formulating hypothesis, and investigating them. Medical student research experience or any research experience for students gives the proper learning on how to conduct research projects, run clinical trials and understanding how to interpret data can help you develop skills that will be of benefit to you and your future, regardless of which filed you are in.

Research experience for students in any scientific research develops your analytic ability, critical thinking, and can improve your interpretation of the information and contribute to better decision-making. It enables you to evaluate the validity of new research studies and be familiar with the process of how guidelines are developed. It allows you to be curious and question things in a proper way.

Research opens new doors of opportunity

Research experience can open new professional opportunities and will likely put you in a competitive advantage when it comes to applications to graduate school or jobs. Nowadays, research experience is highly respected when it comes to applications for medical school, dental school, PhD-programs, master programs, consulting jobs, healthcare related jobs, residency training positions and many more competitive fields.

Students enrolled in our research program

We have a broad range of students applying to our program such as physicians, medical graduates, dental graduate, medical student, dental students, consultants, businessmen, philosophy doctors (PhDs).

Medical student and dental students or graduates

Today, getting residency training program in the US is very competitive and this is a trend that is becoming more and more competitive for each year. According to the ECFMG, the competition further increases for international medical graduates (IMG). As per statistics from ECFMG, In the 2018 Match, 30,232 first-year positions were offered, an increase of 1,383 (4.8%) compared to 2017 and a cumulative increase of more than 9,500 positions since 2002.

Among U.S. citizen IMGs, 2,900 (57.1%) matched to first-year residency positions, an increase of 123 over last year. The number of U.S. citizen IMGs matching to first-year positions has increased in 13 of the last 15 years. For non-U.S. citizens, 3,962 (56.1%) matched, an increase of 148 positions. This is the seventh annual increase in the number of non-U.S. citizen IMGs who matched.
The most important factors for the residency application according some scientific resources are the following:

  1. Grades in clerkships
  2. USMLE Scores
  3. Class rank
  4. Medical school reputation
  5. Membership in AOA
  6. Medical school academic awards
  7. Grades in senior elective levels
  8. Letters of recommendations (LOR)
  9. Medical research or scientific research experience
  10. ECFMG certification


As seen in the list above, many of the most important factors are impossible for an IMG or international medical student to obtain such as clerkship grades, medical school reputation, membership in AOA etc. Therefore, IMGs need to shine in other areas such as USMLE scores, U.S. clinical rotations, and research. The latter could many times be critical.

Candidates who have scientific research experience and publication do not only show commitment to the medical development but also analytic skills, ambition, productivity, and in some ways intelligence. Research could especially be important when other factors such as USMLE scores have not been satisfactory. Another important factor is LORs, preferably from American doctors and scientists. Program directors will strongly consider the LORs when ranking candidates in the program.

However, medical research positions in the U.S. and qualitative LORs are not easy to obtain. Many research institutions do not offer research programs. And the ones who do, do not always commit or have time to supervise and give the proper attention to a candidate that is needed. Moreover, getting accepted into an academic research center, getting credentials, and pursing the research activity, have many obstacles and takes time, and time is a factor that the students do not have.

Furthermore, the reputation of the program is also one of the critical factors of being accepted to a training program, and getting a research position at a reputable institution such as an Ivy league school (Harvard, Yale, Brown etc) could be very difficult.

Lastly, a pursuing research activities on site typically requires at least 1-2 months commitment if not more. Since the financial states of a medical student or a graduate is not the best, traveling to the US and paying for accommodation could be very costly.

How IVY Research Link fills the gap

Ivy Research Link solves the above problems by offering the following:

  1. Teaching all candidates about basic science and research by offering online, eLearning educational courses.
  2. The student can pursue the research activity and supervision from his home.
  3. Giving candidates experience with an academic trained, IVY league school supervisor
  4. Providing them with meaningful and qualitative research project.
  5. Having a shared vision to provide project with strong publication potential
  6. Providing qualified students a strong letter of recommendation from an assistant professor at an Ivy league school

You’ll be stretched, pushed and, ultimately, transformed. The challenging, flexible coaching – driven by the best mind in medical education – unleashes your potential, giving you the confidence and skills to conduct research anywhere in the world.