I had another medical school interview today, and spoke with a number of peers who are currently pursuing post-graduation medical research at various New York hospitals. For example, one student was working on breast cancer research, another on special kidney surgery. Please tell me what I am missing here. How are these inexperienced, untrained students procuring these coveted positions? I've considered this type of research as an option in case I take a gap year, but so far, I don't think it would even be possible if I wanted to! My local hospitals have no such opportunities for freshly graduated students. Tell me: is it just my area, or is there some back door "technique" that everyone else seems to know that grants one access to these jobs? Am I lacking the requisite "connections," "knowledge" or what?