The importance of research in undergraduate medical education

Mauricio J.osé Ávila, Andrea Rodríguez-Restrepo

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Currently medical information flows at great speed, bombarding medical students. Students are unfamiliar with fundamental aspects of biomedical literature appraisal. We assert that research performed during medical school will help to reduce the gap between the information available and comprehension by the student. The goal of the present review is to expound the importance of performing research during the undergraduate medical years and the relevance of research in other fields of medicine. We performed a literature review searching MEDLINE with terms consistent with our objective. We discuss the conduct of research projects during medical school training. The analysis of the articles retrieved proves that research is feasible and that it is a critical process during the undergraduate period for medical students.

Original languageEnglish
Issue number10
StatePublished - 2014


  • medical schools
  • medical students
  • research
  • undergraduate medical education


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