Alright, I'm a first year medical student and I've been trying for almost a semester to get an Ortho research project lined up. That hasn't worked out very well, because apparently everyone else had the same idea and it's sort of hard to get the Ortho department to return your calls. There is a very good chance I could get involved in some FM research, and a not as good but still not terrible chance I could get involved with Plastics research. In terms of my chances of matching into ortho: should I do the FM/Plastics research or hold out for ortho? Would doing plastics research be any better than FM for matching into Ortho? I realize this is looking ahead, but I figured since it takes such a long time to go from the start of a research project to a publication I'd better start now. I'm pretty sure that I can't handle more than one research project at a time on top of medical school, and I won't back out of commitments, so if I start on FM reserach I'd pretty much be stuck with that. Not that I'm not sure that I'd want to FM anyway, but of the options I'm considering I think Ortho is the only one that would require me to do research in medical school to match. Thank you in advance for any advice.