I am just starting medical school and I am curious about something. Are there any places out there that don't require you to do research as part of your surgery residency training. The way I see it, if you are not interested in academics and only want to do surgery why do research? Does the patient that you are operating on really cares if you investigated the signaling pathways of such and such? My feeling was always that patients really cared if their doctors had "good hands". What's up with the research requirement? Someone please enlighten me! Thanks. Fritz.