Hi, I'm finishing up my fourth year of med school, I've done a lot of research and at this juncture I think that I want to do basic science research more than clinical medicine. Currently I'm deciding whether I want to go straight into research or whether I should complete a residency or preliminary year first (some people have suggested this as a way of getting back into medicine if I go back on my decision). If I go the research route, would it be very difficult for me to get a postdoc without having done a PhD? Would it make sense to take a year off and get some publications before applying to a postdoc position? Would going through residency training help with getting a postdoc or would it be a waste of time that I can otherwise spend on getting publications? Finally is a research track residency something I would be competitive for as a non MD/PhD? Sorry if the post is disorganized, my thoughts aren't much more organized in my head. Thank you for your advice Also for reference: I'm at a top 20 med school, I've done about three years of research across 3 basic science labs, mix of honors and high pass on rotations, 255 Step I, 4th author on a nature publication, probably about ~1 year away from getting a decent first/second author publication (though this may require me to go live in France for a year which I don't want to do).