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We've heard advice over the course of this discussion that it is wise to view residency as a time to primarily focus on clinical training. Research-track residency programs have protected research time, but not every specialty has these, and there are a relatively limited number of these programs. For those considering a career as a physician-scientist who have had significant research experience either in medical school or in an MD/PhD program, is it essential to continue to publish and acquire grants during residency to be competitive for funding as a postdoctoral fellow or junior faculty member? Many people spend 5-6 years in residency/fellowship - is this too long of a hiatus to have without significant research effort?