where was I.
I think most people would say research - as anything else on your app - is only useful if you show an earnest interest - measured either by success (posters, papers...) or by time commitment (i.e. >> 1 year).
if you really liked research - I dont think question would even have come up; you'd be doing it without thinking about it.
(note: the "you" is not directed at the original poster - but the generalized "you" often confused with "we")
so, its really do what you like - research, volunteer, play in the circus - but show heart and enthusiasm.
of course you need to demonstrate lab skills somehow so you labs should be pretty good.
I just realized something: its FU$KIN saturday night and I'm posting on SBN.
Nah... that aint right.
gotta go get cronked.
later board. I'm retiring.
Very few schools actually require research prior to admittance, but I'm sure they all like to see it. One school that does require it, as of this year, is the University of Utah. One of your LORs has to be from a researcher you've worked under.
Get the book from AMCAS on Medical schools; it will help you to understand all the schools you are applying to much better, and that will be very important when you go to interview; that said, I know there are several schools that specifically mention biomedical research experience as being important: Cornell, U. Chicago and several others. Most schools simply say that relevent medical-related experience is important, and from my understaning that could be either clinical or research. But it can't hurt to have a little of both, ya know?