I hope I can pick your brains a little bit! I'm currently applying to med school and have always love neuro, but after doing intensive research over the last 2 years, I don't think I can live a life behind the bench. How necessary is it for a Neurosurgeon to incorporate research into his/her career? Is it possible to work at a prestigous academic institution without conducting rigorous research? I know it's early to be thinking about this but any advice would be GREATLY appreciated! Thanks!