Hi guys, I'm a 3rd year right now and I was planning on taking a year off between my third and fourth years to do derm research at a relatively big-name institution. I am very excited about this experience, but the only qualm I have though is that the research is composed strictly of clinical trials and case reports, versus more traditional basic science research. I was just wondering if the derm academicians (i.e chairmans of programs) view clinical trials as being inferior and less "academic" to basic science research. The only reason I bring this up is that the chairman at our school's ENT dept. feels that clinical research is nowhere up to par with basic science research, and he advised against me doing this year of clinical research...please let me know if you guys know whether the derm community has the same outlook...any insight would be very much appreciated. thanks so much!