Identify an area of interest (year 1, year 2) - What are you passionate about?
Pick mentor above research topic.
"...The truly complete mentor." This is "a single individual who is able to serve as an advisor/guide, developer of talent/coach, opener of doors/advocate, role model, interpreter of organizational or professional rules, protector, rule setter/boss - and carries on all of these functions on a long term basis."
Most students will e-mail potential research mentors to request an appointment to discuss the possibility of participating in their research clinic/lab.
Only 35% concordance of mentored research end up in the same residency specialty field.