Becoming well-versed in different research techniques, from basic science to epidemiology to clinical trials, means you will be a better doctor with a better grasp of how evidence for best practice is derived and how to interpret different types of evidence.
The skills required in designing, developing and carrying out a research project are transferable to any field of medicine and will allow you to demonstrate effective organisational, leadership and teamworking abilities.
Applying for grants, presenting at conferences and publishing your research allows you to develop the confidence to critically analyse your work and defend it during peer review, which is central to modern science and is a crucial skill for any NHS consultant.
Most of all, however, it's fun! Where else in your training will you have so many opportunities to travel all around the country (and around the world!) presenting your work, meeting and learning from a variety of different people from diverse backgrounds? Where else will you be given the space and time to develop your own research interest and develop means to find answers to your own research questions? Where else can you get the satisfaction of being awarded a grant or having a publication accepted?
The Norwich Research Park (NRP) provides an ideal location for the delivery of IAT programmes, given the extremely close links that exist between academic clinicians based at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital, and researchers based at the University of East Anglia, Institute of Food Research, The Earlham Institute (EI) and The John Innes Centre. Nearly 90 per cent of our research was rated of international excellence in the latest (2008) Research Assessment Exercise, with over 50 per cent ‘world leading', and Norwich has the fourth greatest concentration of ‘most highly cited researchers' in the UK, after London, Oxford and Cambridge. With over 11,000 people, including 2,700 scientists, and an annual research spend of over £100 million, the Norwich Research Park has one of Europe's largest single-site concentrations of health research institutions. Each of these institutions boasts world-class facilities that allow various forms of research, including clinical trials, DNA sequencing and genome technologies, metabolomics, proteomics and bioimaging.
Today we have over 200 postgraduate students registered across research degrees in health and some 140 competitively funded, live medical research projects providing a stimulating research environment that includes practitioners and academics right across health and biomedical professions; as a postgraduate, you will find that it's right at the forefront of biomedical and health research. There is a full personal and professional development programme for all postgraduate research students on our Graduate School webpage.