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Getting ahead 

Getting ahead
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Getting ahead
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10.1093/med/9780199681907.003.0054
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date: 18 August 2019

Chapter 54 outlines the approaches to capitalize on opportunities to strengthen your CV while at medical school. Most of your colleagues will quality with a medical degree, and therefore, there remains an element of competition to make yourself stand out from the crowd when applying for intercalated degrees, electives, foundation jobs, and beyond. This chapter provides tips on making contacts from various spheres, time management, surgical logbooks, reflective practice, finding projects, involvement in clinical audit, and clinical research. Opportunities for higher degrees, academic training pathways, laboratory research, and funding are outlined, including the challenges associated with such roles. Generic research skills are summarized, as well as the ethical principles that underpin them. Tips are offered for getting involved in research as a medical student, and for writing up research with a detailed summary of the structure of research papers. Systematic critical appraisal of papers is an important skill for every doctor and an approach to this task is outlined. Special study modules may offer opportunities for indulging interests: advice how to choose one is provided.

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