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Right or wrong, a common perception by applicants is that fellowships (some specialties more than others) place a high premium on research. This may pressure applicants to "play the game" rather than focus on their passions. How are other scholarly activities, such as medical education, global health, legal / policy work, and so forth viewed by fellowships? How can an applicant whose passion is in these other scholarly pursuits best position themselves for fellowship applications?