Who is the Research Co-op for?
It’s for everyone and anyone looking to do research. Anyone at your institution can post a project, and anyone can search for projects to join. Every project must have an attending. If you find a project you like, contact the researcher to set up a meeting to discuss the project.
I am looking for a research project. If I contact a researcher to inquire about a project posted on Research Co-op, is it guaranteed that I join?
No, you have to meet with the person who posted the project and the project attending to discuss the project and see if it’s the right fit for everyone. If it’s not the right project for you, don’t worry. Go ahead and look for a new project!
I posted a project on Research Co-op, looking for help with data entry. I’m trying to submit an abstract for a deadline in 1 month. I’m not sure if we will ultimately write a paper. How do I discuss authorship with a potential collaborator who agrees to perform data entry?
Be open and honest. Tell the individual joining what your plans and uncertainties are. Will you add the name to the abstract or to the paper in the future? Both? What number author could you potentially offer the collaborator? Many people are looking for a research experience, and do not mind being fourth author, for example. Have the discussion at the outset, to avoid complications later on.
Can a resident post a project looking for help specifically from another resident/fellow?
Absolutely! Just be specific about what kind of help you are looking for when posting a project. We encourage all types of collaborations – student/resident, resident/fellow, resident/attending, etc. Any student, resident, fellow, or attending can post a project, and of them can respond to one as well. We believe that more collaboration and communication will make us a more productive and efficient research community.
Can medical students post projects as well?
Absolutely! We encourage medical students to post projects if they are looking for help with their current research project (at any point of the project: data collection, statistics, manuscript writing, etc). Just be sure to establish a meeting between your PI and anyone you would like to bring on board. Also, don't forget to discuss authorship right away.
I am an attending with several research project ideas that I’d like to get off the ground. Is this accessible to attendings as well?
Absolutely! Any student, resident, fellow, or attending can post a project, and of them can respond to one as well. We believe that more collaboration and communication will make us a more productive and efficient research community.