Recently, as in four months ago, I began independent research at my university. After months of compiling and analyzing literature, my literature review is finally nearing the publication stage. I know that I have put in well over 500 hours on my literature review. Today, I went to visit my pre-med advisor. We began talking about my upcomming publication process and she told me that my research, which I will be first author on, holds little significance unless I am applying for an MD/PhD program. She told me that it would merely be a filler on my application. Now this threw me into a state of shock because it was like being told I wasted four months working on something I am very passionate are about. My question is as follows: Does a first author publication for a lit review that is self-lead hold significant weight when applying for MD or DO schools?