How to get a grant fundedBMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7173.1647 (Published 12 December 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1647
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Dr Goldblatt has brought up an important issue for researchers today.
The process of grant writing and application is a tedious one. Yet,
little emphasis is placed on this aspect of Medicine in our undergraduate
courses. It is imperative that the undergraduate curriculum in British
medical schools becomes a focus for preparing better researchers through
exposure to the grant application process and ultimately that of better
scientific writing. American medical schools are far and away better at
generating interest in research in their undergraduates, in fact it is
required in a number of schools.
Many medical schools in the States have integrated "Ph D" programs
which produce fully qualified doctors in 5-6 years. This is a unique way
to allow younger scientists with a genuine interest to establish an early
foothold in the research arena. Not only does this provide experience but
gives the candidate an extra arrow in his quiver when applying for grants.
Why is it that these types of programs are not available to our
undergraduates. In order to compete for grants, the young scientist has to
be better educated at an earlier stage in his career. Having graduated
from England, I believe we have to be more aggressive in our education and
encourage research amongst undergraduates to produce better academic
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