Since my first semester as a lecturer, I have been working with medical students. Rather rapidly, my work shifted towards guiding them to conduct research, and this for several reasons.
- That’s what I thought I could teach them the most accurately
- Since they have to write a research thesis I thought it would be valuable
- I am convinced that studying medicine without understanding the research process is a flawed approach
Guiding students to the conduct of research when they have little or no research background is a challenge. I say guiding because I refuse to be teaching them from a theoretical standpoint the steps of research. Learning to conduct research, I feel, is alike learning a craft: you learn by doing.