When looking at match statistics, I'm a little confused at how the average matching resident has so many research activities and volunteer activities, especially as a DO student whose school offers little to no research opportunities. That being said, I have done "research" with two different professors, one of which was somewhat relevant to trauma/surgery, presented a poster for that research at two different events, am president of a club that doesn't really do anything, and since second year started I've basically given up extracurricular stuff completely to focus on my studies. Is research something that's easier to get into once you're in rotations? Is there a way to get research activities under my belt without sacrificing much time away from my primary job of passing classes and doing well on boards and rotations? I will also say that as of right now I have not done any volunteering since I started medical school. Will this be frowned upon during residency match or will my board scores, rotation performance, letters, etc. mean far more to the typical program director? BTW, I should probably say that as of right now I am more interested in IM/Cardiology, Gen Surg/Cardiothoracic Surgery (CT if I surprise the hell out of myself and crush the boards) But basically, I want to work on the heart when all is said and done. Thanks in advance for any advice you all might have.