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Does the community at large have thoughts about finding residency programs that might offer something in the way of flexible time for innovative projects?

Given that most programs demand 150% of one's time and attention, is it even realistic to work on innovative projects while going through this most demanding portion of one's medical training? If it is realistic, how would you recommend finding such programs and positioning yourself so that your reviewers see this as a benefit to their program, rather than an applicant with split interests?

As a rising 4th year student, I am finding it difficult to identify programs that value young physicians who wish to innovate within the health care system in addition to being clinicians. I envision these programs to be similar to research-heavy institutions which prioritize MD-PhD's who are actively contributing to fields in which the institution is invested.