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Methodology for Free.

A Non-Profit Initiative by 2 IMG Physicians.


What We Offer

Basic Research Methodology

We teach and mentor students on manuscript drafting, editing, reference management and steps of the publication process.

Hands-On Projects

We ensure every student we train walks away with at least 1 Peer Reviewed, PubMed Indexed publication.

Join a Global IMG Network

Gain real time research experience as you work as a team, with IMGs from across the world!


Dr. Sharan Jhaveri

M.B.B.S (2022), Smt NHL Municipal Medical College, India.

>20+ Full Text Articles Published in Peer Reviewed PubMed Indexed Journals.

>20+ Oral/Poster Presentations at National and International Conferences. Wikidoc Research Scholar.

>Editorial Board Member of 3 Journals and Senior Content Reviewer for 5+ Journals, Mendeley Advisor.

>5+ Years of conducting Original Research, Meta-Analysis and Literature Reviews. Skilled in SPSS, RevMan and Excel.

>Formally trained and certified in scientific writing, data analysis, data visualisation and study design.

Dr. Avanthika Chaithanya

Incoming Pediatric PGY1 at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (NYC Health and Hospitals: Elmhurst). M.B.B.S (2021), Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences, India. ECFMG Certified Physician.

>20+ Full Text Articles Published in Peer Reviewed PubMed Indexed Journals.

>Semi Finalist of the American Medical Association (AMA) Research Challenge. WikiDoc Research Scholar. Awarded Cureus Laureate honors.

>Editorial Board Member of 10 Journals and Member of the Expert Review Panel for 10+ Journals, Mendeley Advisor.

> Worked as a Remote Research Trainee for 8 months, conducted hypothesis testing, data collection & interpretation, excelled in manuscript drafting.

>Founder of “The Safe Space for Children”, a free online supportline for children and adolescents.

A Quick Overview of why you should join The Otto Research Initiative today!

  • No hidden charges. Complete transparency assured.
  • 1:1 training with experienced mentors.
  • Exclusive groups of 6-8 mentees per project.
  • An opportunity to be the lead author, and co-author multiple PubMed Indexed publications.
  • Remote research opportunity- Join in from anywhere across the globe and gain real time research experience!
  • Network with other IMGs on your journey to residency.
  • Round the clock support and guidance provided throughout.

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The Otto Research Initiative in numbers

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Mentees trained


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PubMed Indexed Publications and counting!


satisfaction from our Mentees!

Here’s what people have to say about Otto

Hear from The Otto Research Initiative Mentees themselves!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“My gosh! I can’t even begin to thank Avanthika and Sharan for this wonderful experience.

Over these past few years, I’ve asked a lot of my friends and colleagues to guide me on how to go about research but none of them have been even half as helpful as both of them have! I’m walking away with MUCH MUCH more than just a publication. The experience I had here is going to stay with me for a lifetime. Lots of love, luck and blessings to these amazing two people! ❤️❤️

Gauri Pikale

GMC Kohlapur, India

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Both Dr. Avanthika Chaithanya and Dr. Sharan Jhaveri were very hands on from the very start of this journey. They were reliable, efficient, and were always available to answer any questions or concerns that we had. The whole experience that I had with The Otto Research Initiative went so smoothly and stress-free. Thank you The Otto Research Initiative for the amazing experience that you have shared with me! I recommend them.”

Victoria Tarnate

Graduate, United States of America

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“I was interested in research for a long time but never had a proper idea on how to go about it. Luckily I came across THE OTTO RESEARCH INITIATIVE by Dr Sharan Jhaveri and Dr Avanthika Chaithanya. They did an amazing job teaching us the basics of writing an article and submitting and publishing it in a short amount of time. They were there to solve any doubts we had in the process till the very end. Looking forward to publishing many more articles with them. Thank you for taking up this initiative and offering it without charging anything in a world where many agencies are charging a bomb to teach this. Highly recommend!

Bhaswanth B

Narayana Medical College, India

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“My experience with the Otto Research Initiative was very informative. I never had experience writing a research paper before and was thrilled to find out that they were able to help along each step of the way. They told us what to expect from the beginning and were honest with us, everything turned out according to our expectations. I learned so much from them and my group’s paper got published too. It was a great experience working with them and would recommend them to anyone looking to start with research. Thank you guys.”

John Iskander

American University of Antigua

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“The Otto Research Initiative has been excellent in providing a great source for medical students with limited knowledge on research. I am glad that I stumbled upon this initiative and it has been a smooth sail throughout. They’ve turned what was a daunting task (i.e publishing and research methodology) seem so simple when done in a systematic way. Avanthika & Sharan were very helpful and guided us in every step. We appreciate their dedication towards this initiative. Thank you guys for this wonderful course. Looking forward to more.

Bhuvana Rasagna Potini

Kamineni Institute of Medical Sciences, India

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“The Otto Research Initiative has helped me a lot to continue doing research, Dr. Sharan and Dr. Avanthika helped me a lot in practicing my writing and detecting plagiarism and language errors. They both were very patient with me and our team, always organizing us, answering our questions, and maintaining control. I’m very proud to be a part of the Otto Research Initiative, can’t wait to do more research with them. I will recommend everyone to work with them, you won’t regret it!”

Rudy Luna

Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo, Mexico

The Otto Research Initiative

Our Vision

Why are we doing this?

As IMGs, we understand the hardships that most of us face in this journey towards residency. We have noticed that most of us are caught in a trap of not having enough research on our CV, and unfairly pay hundreds of dollars for last-minute publications. Having seen these nuances occurring repeatedly, we have taken up the mantle ourselves to help out our fellow IMGs to get a head start on being published authors.

How will this help me?

With Step 1 going pass/fail, there is going to be more emphasis on other parts of your CV in future application cycles. A major chunk of your ERAS CV is dedicated to research, and publications in PubMed Indexed journals will not only add immense value but will also give you something to talk about during your interviews. This will also help you to take your first steps as a clinical researcher, and do more for the scientific community!

How much will it cost me?

As we have mentioned before, this is completely free! The only costs in this entire journey will be the unavoidable article processing charges (APC)/ editing fee (only if applicable) as cited by journals themselves after submission, which will be borne by our mentees as per authorship order.
We promise 100 % transparency and no hidden charges!

Want to join The Otto Research Initiative?

Please note: We have received an overwhelming number of applications and we are reaching out to everyone based on our new acceptance policy. Please read about our new acceptance policy under the “Projects & News” menu.

The current wait time for Internal Medicine teams is 11-12 months & for Pediatrics and Neurology teams – 10 months. We will reach out to you in a couple of weeks/months, depending on your form answers and further screening.

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