Since I am a cretinous ****** from College of the Ozarks (read my postings for the "4th year change of heart: Switched from ER to Gen Surg" thread if you need an explanation): I'm switching specialties and want to get in research with the new specialty (Surgery) before applying because otherwise my CV will look like a limp monkey who just died. Does anyone know what would be the best way to set up research with another institution? Do I have to know precisely who I want to do research with beforehand or can I just call a PD and ask if there is any research available? Thanks. Sincerely, yore frend Cleetus.