Second, your question seems to address an either or scenario, whether its ideal to go into clinical practice or research. Why not do both? Some #medicalschools offer combined MD/PhD programs in which you get trained as an MD, but also do research. Additionally, I'm sure many medical students and physicians on here can also comment on doing a #research experience, either with a mentor, through a university lab. I'm not sure your an undergraduate student yet or currently looking at schools - but I'd look for a program/school that offers an opportunity to do research. Also, most universities have a medical scholars program - a program for pre-med student where the undergrad school has an agreement with the medical school, if students meet certain requirements.