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Research is the future: get involved

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 03 December 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6525

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Research is the life-line of medicine or any other field of science. Diagnosis to therapy depends upon various inputs from studies conducted and results shared in journals. Childless couples to family planning benefited from alternative methods of reproduction and contraception. The Watson and Crick model of DNA and its publication gave us molecular medicine. The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) led to the development of molecular pathological techniques. Whether a small observation reported in a non-impact journal or results published in the impact journals, all play a role in the development of Medicine and care.

Basic research is foundation stone of medical research. Therefore, medical education needs to take note of it to include researchers with competence in the field of such research in teaching institutions. Training or mandating faculty publish papers for promotion may be one way of promoting research. But an inquisitive mind and a passion to learn always drives a teacher to do research in a small or a big way. What we need to do is to encourage them, motivate them and integrate them into the family of medical educationists.

There are multitudes of examples of mdical cases which are not recorded. Recording of such instances and many more will take medicine to greater heights of efficiency and benefit to the patient.

Let those in the field of medicine, keep their minds open - only when it is open can it function like a parachute.

Competing interests: No competing interests

10 December 2015
Dhastagir Sheriff
Melmaruvathur Adhiparasakthi Medical College, Chennai, India
Melmaruvathur, Chennai, India