Nickalus Khan, NIH Summer Program
I worked over the summer in the Surgery Trauma Research Lab under Dr. Fabian. Specifically, I worked with developing a pharmacologic treatment for patients with pulmonary contusions. My work involved animal models (rats), working with different laboratory techniques (ELISA), and performing minor surgery on animal models.
I felt that having the opportunity to be able to think of ways to solve problems was very interesting in my research over the summer. I was presented with the basic problem and asked to research different methods of solving it. I had onsite training in many different scientific areas and had to teach myself some techniques to analyze the data we collected. Overall I was very pleased with my work over the summer and the experience in the area of clinical research.
Myself, Dr. Sharpe (AKA Lougle), and John Angotti (aka The Weatherman)
I applied very early to the program and personally proactively sought out a mentor that I would want to work with. I feel that having a good mentor that matches the goals that you are trying to accomplish over the summer is crucial. I felt that working with the people that I did in the lab over the summer was just as much a part of the experience than any other of the scientific aspects. Having one to one interaction with people working in the lab and learning from their experience gives you a whole new outlook on medicine.
A lot of the time in medical school we are bombarded with huge amounts of information to learn and we rarely have the time to think creatively ourselves. Research, I feel, allowed me to take a break from learning what has already been done and use some time to think of what can be done.