As I had alluded to in my previous post, one of my reasons for taking a year out of medical school for research is that I’m very interested in having a research-based career. Unfortunately, between my shortened undergraduate experience and no time in medical school, I never had time to fully see a research project from start to finish. My year-long fellowship at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) gave me the option of choosing anyone to work with, so before I started, I had to choose between a translational project (which is much more common at the NIH, plus I already had experience in this area) vs. an epidemiological project (which was certainly possible, but I had no experience in this area).
In the end, I decided on an epidemiological project. Epidemiology approaches cancer from more of a preventative slant, versus basic/translational/clinical research which approaches cancer from more of a treatment-based stance. With cancer being such a frustrating disease to fight, it is all the more important to learn how to effectively prevent it before the disease becomes difficult to manage. According to the … view full post »