Phil B.FontanarosaMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorMargaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorStephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Fishbein FellowIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: Many premedical students seek
experience assisting with biomedical research. For some, a summer doing research
is a way of bringing career plans into greater focus. For many students, however,
their minds have been made up; they want to go to medical school, and they
are keenly aware that doing research on a medical school campus can help them
achieve that goal.
Letters of recommendation from academic physicians and biomedical researchers
are valuable currency in the competitive pursuit of gaining admission to medical
school. Moreover, for a few volunteers, research can lead to coauthorship
on a journal article. After research grant money, publications carry more
weight in academic medical centers than virtually any other marker of accomplishment.
That message is broadcast so loudly that it now resonates on the undergraduate
Kuschner WG. Pressure to Publish in the Premedical Years. JAMA. 2000;283(3):340. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-283-3-jac90010