Hello, I already posted this message, but people who intended to help me were in the same boat as I was, so they weren't able to provide trenchant insights. So please do not consider this as an infraction, because I am really seeking some help here and have written extra info to better describe my situation. I am currently working as a clinical research assistant at Neurology Department, but I am not sure about my current tasks whether they are going to be productive with authorship. I have worked here fore a month now. My two "PIs" (though this is not the right term in clinical research) are chairman and chief of the department. They are mainly working on rare muscular dystrophy diseases and have informed me about numerous opportunities about pubs and conferences. However, since I just started working, I am confused about their expectations and the purpose of my tasks. So far, I only have done data organization by looking up patient registry and dividing between gender, age, residence, and the degree of disability. But this is not data analysis since there was no statistical component. I also operated devices that measure patients' gait, but they were not for data collection.... They say that they are going to give me the data and I will analyze them. Since I have never done data analysis in clinical research, I am aware that I must read papers to get insights. I was also told to talk to one of physicians, who could teach me something about Epidemiology for the purpose of learning statistical analysis, but I don't know how do I learn this broad subject in short period of time. My PI (again, please mind my vocabulary) was saying that he would publish 3~4 papers this year. so his statement sounds very attractive, but I am still confused here. Are they just try to make me do some chore, so that they wouldn't feel bad and I would have something to say to adcoms during this gap year? or would I be able to get my names on these pubs?