First author publication - how much does it really help for residency apps


5+ Year Member
Apr 4, 2012
Medical Student
I recently found out that my summer research after M1 year is getting published in an IF=4 journal and that I am first author. However, my career aspirations have gone a complete 180 and I am very dead set on a field that is completely unrelated to the field my paper is in. My question is how much of a help would my first author publication be when I apply to my desired field?

Edit: I should also note that my research is in basic science (not clinical) and that it took a little over a year to finally get the paper out

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2+ Year Member
Dec 23, 2015
There are sources out there that rank importance of certain aspects of your file for each specialty. Will it look good, sure. But if your clinical grades, step scores, or LOR's suck then it means nothing. It also depends on the individual program. It is hard to say how much it will truly affect you but overall it will be a positive

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Membership Revoked
Jun 5, 2014
Medical Student
As has been echoed hundreds of times

Buying program a new wing for chosen specialty > Research in the field > Research in another field > No research