I very much appreciate anyone's reply. My situation is: I have 2 weeks available during which I can do research. I would like to make a meaningful contribution to the literature, but I realize that with basic science research, which I think is most prestigious, the chances are not likely with only 2 weeks. My plan is to do clinical research with someone in my area so that not only can I devote time before my 2 weeks to thinking about the project and then putting in a great deal of time and effort during these 2 weeks, but I have my two easiest M3 rotations after the 2 weeks during which I can devote additional effort to the project. Someone mentioned impact factors in another post and I noticed there are possibilities for high-impact clinical research. What is my plan for getting such a publication? Should I restrict myself to working with people who have numerous publications versus someone who has a single publication in a low-impact journal (that I could find on Pubmed) but who I feel could give me the freedom to design my own project? Is it appropriate to e-mail the research coordinator at a hospital and inquire as to researchers that have a lot of publications? I would like to do research in Internal Medicine or Nephrology but I am unsure how to go about finding a researcher to work with. My two goals are making an outstanding contribution to medicine and publication. Thanks for any advice!