ABSTRACT • Once accepted into medical school, students find themselves facing numerous expectations: coping with tremendous study burden, completing internships and participating in the race for publishing are only to name a few. It becomes hard for the medical student to focus on research; it is often easier to postpone publication and involvement in research to a later stage in their career. In fact, there are many advantages to publishing in the current publication system but there are many disadvantages as well. With the widespread of social media and open access systems, new challenges have arisen. We will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of publishing in the current system while highlighting the new challenges that the students might need to overcome. Our aim is to provide medical students with information to enhance their understanding of the current publication system and thus most importantly, probe their desire to publish.

Keywords : publish; medical students; challenges; limitations; advantages

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