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I will be starting 3rd year with no research under my belt from my first 2 years....How common is this? Are there many opportunities during rotations to secure research projects/case studies?
 

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I will be starting 3rd year with no research under my belt from my first 2 years....How common is this? Are there many opportunities during rotations to secure research projects/case studies?

Very common, and plenty of research opportunities 3rd year - especially with residents and fellows.
 
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I will be starting 3rd year with no research under my belt from my first 2 years....How common is this? Are there many opportunities during rotations to secure research projects/case studies?

What are you interested in? Start from there. If nothing competitive, you’d be okay.

Research because you want to (you really are interested in the subject) or need to (some super competitive speciality).

Step score and school may also enter your calculations.
 
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I am looking at IM.
With everything else looking good you're fine. I know plenty of people get into Top IM programs with just 3rd-year research (and of course all the other criteria of Step, grades, etc) from low/mid-tier med schools. If you're not looking at the top then research isn't even needed unless you're genuinely interested.
 

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I will be starting 3rd year with no research under my belt from my first 2 years....How common is this? Are there many opportunities during rotations to secure research projects/case studies?
Quite common. If you want to publish in medical school though, the start of M3 is really the latest you should start. There are never designated "research opportunities". You need to actively seek out research and make your opportunities. If you're interested in basic science start with the professors who teach you. It's a big time commitment outside of medical school. If you're interested in clinical research, speak to the program director/clerkship director at your program in your field of interest.
 

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Probably wouldn't be a good idea to start bench this late though if OP's goal is to publish.

OP should do what he/she likes. Know someone who started in M3, got a few abstracts, continued publishing in residency at a different site, and matched an ivy league for cardiology fellowship from a low tier IM program. If you're interested in genuine research, look for it and you'll find it.
 
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