I'm an undergrad applying to research positions before I apply to medical school. I have a couple of questions: 1. Do medical schools view research in the basic sciences like chemistry, biology, etc. (that are usually offered in a school's various science departments) differently from biomedical research in specific diseases and such (that are usually offered in a medical school or center)? I ask this because I am applying to laboratories offered through my school's science departments, primarily the chemistry department since it is my major (biochemistry) but I don't want to be lacking in relevance while others are researching direct causes of cancer and things like that. Should I start applying at teaching hospitals and the like, instead? 2. How important is a publication, anyway? I know that it is not required to have a publication to apply to medical school, but in the past neither was research. As the bar continually rises, is it a necessity to have a few pubs under your belt as a medical school applicant? -- Aside from all of these questions, which I greatly appreciate responses for. I am also open to general advice when it comes to research and the entire application process (for research). Thank you.