Thursday 31 March 2011

On publications

This is a touchy subject. Some applicant have them and others don't. It is encouraged to have at least some publication to enhance your resume. 

A publication can be in the form of abstract, poster submission to a meeting, or articles in peer reviewed journals. 

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Abstracts are short summary of your work and are usually submitted to meetings and  if accepted evolve in posters or talks at meetings. Get in touch with faculty who are involved in clinical or bench research. They will be your big ticket to getting some publications. Talk to more than one scientist as you may have a project that does not succeed. 

These can be case reports, clinical scenarios or research articles in poster format.

Peer reviewed articles - precious commodities
Finally, there are peer reviewed articles which are tough to secure but if you have them then do not fail to proudly display them. Getting publications take a lot of hard work and networking. You have to find the right connections and then do a lot of hard work. Be clear before you embark on a project regarding the ownership of work. I have heard of horror stories where a student did the hard work while someone else took the credit. 

Another good source of publications which is independent of research or faculty is 'Letters to journals'. 

Letter to the editor count as publications too.
In NEJM, JAMA or other articles of repute, there is a section called letters to the editor. If you have a good command over English and have a unique perspective that was not addressed in the original articles published in these journals then it is worth considering submitting your letter. This can be response to article published or in rarer instances can cover 'humanities' aspect of medicine. Stellar articles will be accepted to journals of high impact, and these will be your own 'publication'.
In conclusion, research and publications add to a resume. Check how to obtain research experience if you are interested in enhancing your CV.


  1. how about internet stuff like say a an internet based journal or preparing a website or participating in the preparation of a website which gives out information to all?
    Can we count that as ' online publication'??

    1. yes, you can certainly mention it under non-peer reviewed publications or online articles. ERAS has a section for Other Non-Peer Reviewed Articles where you can include such information


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