As I finish up the second month of research in the Rheumatology Department here at Mayo Clinic, I’ve come to get accustomed to the feeling and pattern of lab life. Coming into this research experience, I was not at all aware of what to expect in terms of work load, and every day I’d leave the lab with a different emotion.
I found myself antsy after days where I would simply be conducting literature searches and lab prep, and I also found myself flustered when I had two or three patient samples come in simultaneously for processing.
The highlight of these fluctuating events, however, is that the reality of the situation dawned on me: eight to 10 weeks in a summer is a mere snapshot of a working lab. Research is never done, and for every week there is of seemingly not doing much but reading, there is a month down the line of executing a project the literature helped design. Therefore, ...Continue Reading →