What surprised me the most about this lecture was the different types of study designs used in research. In my science classes, I have only been taught the difference between observational or experimental studies. Before this lecture, I did not have any huge misconceptions about research because I have never spent a ton of time thinking about it. However, I was surprised to hear the different examples of studies with ethical problems. It is amazing to think that at any point in time someone thought it was okay to run a study that infected healthy men with syphilis and lied to them about it.
I think that research will definitely play a role in my career. I am currently working in a research lab focused on the treatment of Ewing sarcoma, which is a type of cancer often found in children and teenagers and develops in their bone or soft tissue as a tumor. I hope to continue this research throughout undergrad and possibly into grad school. Even if I do not have my own research project, research will stay play a vital role in my career. Health care professionals are constantly using new treatments discovered through research to more effectively treat their patients.