The timing doesn't matter that much as long as you've ticked the box. That being said, why not find an experience that would let you do 3 hours per week or something similar once you transition your role? That kind of experience would be ideal because then you'd have longitudinal exposure.Hello! I'm a rising sophomore interested in doing full-time research at the NIH IRTA postbac program after graduation. Would adcoms view it poorly if I frontload most of my clinical hours in between now and graduation, then switch to a heavy research role for 1-2 years prior to my application? Also, clinical research does not constitute clinical experience, correct?
Clinical research, assuming you are interacting with patients, would double as clinical experience.