I have always liked the research aspect of medicine. Diagnosis, treatments and plans of management are always changing, and as a physician it is very important to know the current updates. However, I find that most of my colleagues including me, are so fond of textbooks and its evident that textbooks are not always updated on the latest trends in medicine.
I know that bench lab work does not really warrant a like from every medical student and that test tubes and lab rats may not always sound pleasing. However, I believe that it is very important for medical students to stay on top of current research as much is it for physicians.
A current topic in medicine that I feel needs to be explored is treatment for RSV infection in children. There are always so many infants and toddlers who are infected with RSV every year, especially winter, however, no adequate treatment exists.
Another topic of interest is also the treatment for ALS. In the last few years, I have come across a professor, a barber, and a dentist who were diagnosed with ALS. If more research was done in this field, it would definitely be beneficial to a growing number of patients.
Lastly, I think the topic that got the most amount of research accomplished is the treatment for breast cancer. If diagnosed at an earlier stage, breast cancer is almost always curable.
So, I think as future health care providers, we need to adapt an interest in conducting and engaging in medical research to benefit our patients. What diseases or conditions have you recently researched?