UCSD obviously provides itself in being a major research instititution and sure enough it is. my question is, "Can I get in with no research experience?" I saw tons of premeds doing basic science research at my university, but the vast majority did research because it was the premed thing to do and so they spent countless hours in the lab. personally, i'm not interested in research. yes i agree that to advance medicine the research in basic science needs to be done; however, my goal is to excel as a clinician and maybe if in my futureyears of practice I have insight into performing specific clinical research, I will, but right now that's not my interest. Anyway, what do you guys think. Is research almost mandatory nowadays for med school?