The teachers in medical colleges and health sciences universities in India are facing stiff challenges in achieving career enhancement. This is due to the requirement of research and publication as major criteria for appraisal or career enhancement. While there are several bottlenecks faced by the junior teachers in climbing the ladders of academic leadership, a goldmine of opportunities awaits. Educational research if understood well and done meticulously can result in multiple benefits: funding opportunities on par with clinical research, prospects of publication in new online journals, applying for copy rights, and even patents besides unique contribution to the innovations and best practices in teaching. This article is an attempt to outline the meaning and scope of educational research along with a justification for using it in the Indian context. While discussing the salient features of conducting educational research, a few tips have been given for pursuing educational projects that can culminate in a publication.
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