Hi there, research is the driving force behind the medical advancement, and it can be very advantageous for you as a medical student. Even if you don’t intend to do research in the future of your career, it is great experience and will teach you a lot, and is great to add to your resume/portfolio. It doesn’t even have to be medical research, it can be anything that is related or an interesting project. I recommend getting involved with research in undergrad, early on. By the time you are a third year medical student it’s almost too late to get more into research. Summertime between first and second year is a great time to do it or do some of the lab work, since summer tends to typically be less busy than the middle of the year when school is very hectic. A good idea is to contact your science department head or your professor(s) and tell them that you’re interested in conducting a research project. They can help you get setup with some ideas or even make contact between you and a professor that's looking for students to do the research. Also, consider doing a research elective third year. It might be a pain in the butt to start the research, but it'll be a great thing to knock out early and have it in your repertoire.