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Publications 2016, 4(3), 25;

Chinese Postgraduate Medical Students Researching for Publication

Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong, China
Academic Editor: Yin Ling Cheung
Received: 16 May 2016 / Accepted: 22 July 2016 / Published: 27 July 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Writing for Academic Publications)
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The value of including a research component in medical students’ training programs has been widely recognized. Nevertheless, examples of how this may be done are rarely found in the literature. The case study reported in this short paper aimed to address this gap in the literature by investigating how a group of postgraduate students attached to the Orthopedics Department of a major hospital in China engaged in research for publication. Fourteen students were interviewed, and their “mission lists” were analyzed to reveal the students’ research profiles, the sources of their research ideas, and their data collection activities. The study showed that the students pursued more clinical than basic research topics, their research topics often fell under their immediate supervisors’ larger projects, and the students were actively engaged in the gathering of research data on the wards and at the outpatient clinic. The reported study does not claim generalizability of its findings. More of such reports from various settings in different parts of the world are needed to enhance constructive exchanges and mutual learning. View Full-Text
Keywords: postgraduate medical students; medical students’ attachment in hospitals; research activities in hospitals; writing for publication postgraduate medical students; medical students’ attachment in hospitals; research activities in hospitals; writing for publication
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