MSRJ Elective Update: Academic Medicine

On Wednesday, February 10, Dr. Rajil Karnani came to the East Lansing campus to talk to the students in the MSRJ Elective about careers in academic medicine. He presented about the many ways to become involved in academia, and the variety of career pathways that academic medicine can offer.  He covered the advantages and disadvantages to consider, along with the keys to success that he has learned over the years. Dr. Karnani also gave some personal anecdotes on his experience and some tricks of the trade that he wished he knew when he entered the field. Lastly, Dr. Karnani fielded questions from the 30 students who attended the lecture. The students enjoyed the lecture and found it very informative, as careers in academic medicine are seldom talked about during our learning and training.


Student question and answer session with Dr. Rajil Karnani

Student question and answer session with Dr. Rajil Karnani.


Dr. Rajil Karnani lectures to the MSRJ Elective students about pursuing a career in academic medicine.

Dr. Rajil Karnani lectures to the MSRJ Elective students about pursuing a career in academic medicine.

Submission Contest Winners – Congratulations!

Last year, the editorial staff at MSRJ invited medical students to enter our submission contest. This contest was open to any medical student author who submitted during the contest dates. Authors had the chance to win a $300 scholarship in each of the following categories: Best Original Research, Best Review, Best Reflection, and Best Case Report. The response we received to this call was overwhelming. Our submission rate greatly increased during this contest time with amazing articles from around the globe. Throughout the year, our staff tirelessly reviewed these articles and after much deliberation, we are very pleased to announce the winners of this contest! Listed below are our winners in each category including a short biography of the research team.

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Pediatric Research Day

MSRJ editors and staff recently attended the Pediatrics Research Day in East Lansing, Michigan on March 19, 2014. This event was sponsored by Michigan State University Department of Pediatrics and Human Development and the Wayne State University Department of Pediatrics, DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

Peds Research Day 2

There were 60 poster presentations and 6 oral presentations by undergraduates, medical students, and pediatric residents during the event. Included in these poster presentations was one by our very own senior editors, Kailyne Van Stavern and Michelle Dwyer along with several of their colleagues. Their faculty advisor, Jonathon Gold, M.D., is also a faculty reviewer for the Medical Student Research Journal. They presented their research regarding screen time in pediatric patients and how it relates to their development, an important topic in this day’s technological world. This poster won one of five “Poster of Distinction” awards out of all the present undergraduates, medical students, and residents. We at the MSRJ are very proud of our staff members for this honor and their continual dedication to research.

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MSRJ Submissions

Here is a quick guide to understand what percentage of articles are submitted, reviewed and accepted at MSRJ!  Submissions statistics will be updated after every published issue. Look for more statistics as we continue to receive amazing manuscripts from talented medical students from around the world.

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MSRJ Contest

Medical Student Research Journal Submission Contest

We at the MSRJ want to encourage student publications, so we’ve decided to organize a contest for a cash reward! We are pleased to announce the introduction of the MSRJ Submission Contest! $300 goes to the winner of each of four categories: Best Case Report, Best Reflection, Best Original Research or Brief Report, and Best Review to be submitted for possible publication. We will be voting for the best manuscript submitted in each of these categories. Submissions are due by October 1st, 2013 and you can learn more about the contest rules and guidelines here.


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Dr. Marc Basson on Clinician-Scientists

[dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #18453B;”]O[/dropcap]n Wednesday January 30th, 2013, Dr. Marc Basson, Professor and Chair of the Michigan State University Department of Surgery, addressed the first and second year College of Human Medicine students enrolled in the MSRJ elective. Dr. Basson, an M.D.-Ph.D., opened his discussion on the advantages offered by having expertise in multiple disciplines with the following quote:

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