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Hello everyone,

 

I'm a second year PA student about to start my emergency med rotation. I'm interested in doing research on an EM topic and submitting it for presentation at the SEMPA or AAPA conference, but I'm not sure how to go about doing this. I have limited research experience apart from being a lab tech for a geneticist, so I'm starting from scratch. But I'm motivated if given the guidance.

 

I'd like to learn about what kinds of research students are able to do over the short (5-6 week) time span of a rotation, but can't find a way to filter those out in general academic search engines, etc. 

 

Any advice or guidance is much appreciated!

 

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What kind of research?  Like, regarding pts or pt information?  The only thing I could imagine you being able to do in that short of time is by using established/ already collected data and even then trying to accomplish that on top of your rotation is a lofty goal.

 

Your best bet might be to find someone, an MD, PA, etc on your rotation and express interest with research.  They might have a project or know of someone who does that would be willing to at least show you what they are doing.  But an original project in 5-6 weeks when you are starting that rotation soon and have nothing planned?  I wouldn't get my hopes up.  There is a lot of planning and approval involved for research projects.

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Thanks for the feedback, MT2PA. I assume the research doesn't all need to be completed during the rotation, but I just don't want my ED rotation to come and go in case I do need to collect information during that time for a project.

 

Since it seems many PA students present research posters are conferences, I'm wondering how they do it. I'm open to any kind of emergency med-oriented projects, and I believe case studies will be considered for acceptance at conferences too. I just don't have any idea of how to get the ball rolling with developing a project. Any PAs or PA students out there who have actually done a research project/case study and presented it at a conference before?

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Your school will tell you what research you need to do.  Other research, save for after graduation and PANCE pass.

 

By all means, keep a notebook of things you want to explore, studies you'd like to build a meta-analysis to include, and the like, but beware of taking on extra stuff in your clinical rotations.  You should be spending every possible waking hour either at your rotation, decompressing from your day, documenting your rotation for school, reading up on stuff you saw in your rotation, or prepping for end-of-rotation examinations. Those are, collectively, job one while in your clinical year; the research can come next year.

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