Since the last thread regarding this is over 5 years old, I thought I would ask what the current situation is regarding needing research for getting into Ophthalmology. Here's what I have, its all from undergrad, I am now an MS-3: Published in a (now) online ecology journal. First author. Subject is earthworms, not eyeballs. Got a research grant for a summer doing nematode research which I presented at my university's spring research symposium. Again, nothing to do with eyeballs. I am not really at a great research-focused med school, its definitely clinical. I think I could probably find some project to do, however, maybe more along the lines of public health and eyeballs. Any thoughts on whether I should invest my time in research now? Or just buckle down and do well on my rotations/Step 2?