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    MD/PhD Help Me Decide: Loyola University Chicago vs. University of Maryland

    Hello everyone. I'm new to SDN, so I apologize if this is posted in the wrong forum. I'm incredibly fortunate to have acceptances to two quality MD/PhD programs, but I am having trouble officially deciding which program to attend. I would welcome any honest opinions and thoughts! Here are my...
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    When do MD/PhD programs typically start?

    Hello! I am having trouble finding the MD/PhD-specific academic calendar for multiple programs — does anyone have insights on when most programs start? I am planning my wedding for May or June of next year (2022), and would preferably want to get married between ending my current position and...
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    School List Thoughts

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  5. DocZen1

    Non-Traditional PhD to MD Applicant

    Hi everyone. I am a non-traditional 2020-2021 applicant and just wanted some advice. I will be defending my thesis for my Ph.D. in aerospace engineering, hopefully, Spring/Summer of 2021. I figured out I wanted to do medicine during my graduate career through some of my volunteer/life...
  6. Conchilardo

    Digging for Realism in Reaplication

    Right out front, I will be applying this year, but this does not mean I'm going to be heartbroken if I am not accepted... like the past two cycles. Some background: Associates in biology from South Texas College(2014-2016): 3.85 gpa Bachelor's from University of Oregon(2016-2018): 3.4...
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    WAMC (MD/PhD) - cGPA 3.95, MCAT 523

    Planning on applying to MD/PhD programs this coming cycle and I'm in a bit of a pickle as to narrowing down the school list. Just for context here's a bit about my stats/where I'm at: Current junior at T20, ORM sGPA 3.93, cGPA 3.95 (not counting this semester), MCAT 523 (130/130/131/132) 3...
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    WAMC-American student getting master's abroad, potential MD/PhD path, applying this cycle

    Year: I am currently in a non-science, bilingual (Spanish and English) two-year master’s program in Barcelona, graduating this July and likely defending March 2021 (instead of Sept 2020 so that I can use my student visa to stay in Europe for a WHO internship fall of 2020, if that still happens...
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    MD/PhD or MS/MD?

    Hey, all. I could really use any and all advice that you could give me. I am currently a sophomore studying Computer Science (BS) with a minor in Chemistry due to my pre-med prereqs. I am hoping to go to ~some~ version of grad school with the ultimate goal being a medical doctor that applies...
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    Seeking advice for my gap years (acquiring additional research experience) -- please advise

    Hi everyone, I am writing today because I am seeking guidance regarding my gap years. I am in a special situation because after trying to decide between a regular MD and an MD/Ph.D., I finally decided to pursue an MD/Ph.D. However, I have only a year of undergrad research--since I transferred...
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    Help with school list! MCAT 516, GPA 3.9

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    Interested in psychiatry and informatics in mental health – where to apply (heavily research-based MD, MD/PhD, take a gap year)?

    Hi all, I've posted some stuff like this in the past, but now I have more concrete details that I was hoping would help people give me some better opinions. I will likely be applying to programs this upcoming cycle, and was hoping to get some insight. My problem: I feel like I wouldn't be...
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    Unique Letter of Intent Question

    Hi all, This is my first post! Anyways, I am currently applying to MD/PhD programs. I am a reapplicant. I was fortunate enough to be invited to interview with one of my top choices (top 3 or 5 schools). I'm preparing for this interview every day leading up to the interview, but I digress. So...
  14. FutureMSTP

    MD/PhD post bacc opportunities

    So, I have two more years until I graduate in the spring of 2021. I have over a year of research in a neurobiology lab where I know the pi so well I can get a great LOR from them. I'm very realistic. I didn't get the best grades in my sophomore year so I won't have a competitive GPA for...
  15. whosnisarg

    Md/PhD Research Experience

    Hey guys! I am preparing myself for applying to MD/PhDs with a Public Health/Epidemiology program in the future. I am going into my second year of undergrad and have now 2 months (albeit only 100 hours thus far) of experience at my local medical school's cardiac research lab and plan to be...
  16. moralis

    Where should I start? MD/PhD, maybe a bit late in the game

    Hi everybody, I'm a rising sophomore bioengineering major at a decently well known large state school. I have always wanted to go into scientific research of some sort, and was pretty much set on getting a PhD since high school. Last semester, I started out in a computational biology lab that I...
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    What are my chances for an MD/PhD program? Above average stats, decent research experience, below average ECs

    Hey guys, I am planning on applying to several MD/PhD programs this upcoming cycle and was wondering my chances at mid to upper tier programs. Stats: 522, 3.85, attended regular large state school- Texas (nothing too special). Research experience: I have spent two years in a computational drug...
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    Am I on the right path to be competitive for MD/PhD programs?

    I am a freshman student and I recently created a plan for the remaining years of undergrad. FYI, I did some hospital volunteering here and there during my spring semester but mostly focused on academics to maintain a 4.0 GPA. So this is what I plan to do in order to prepare for the MD/PhD...
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    522, 3.85, lackluster ECs, WAMC and School List?

    cGPA: 3.85, sGPA: 3.78. (upward trend, 3.95 average after freshman year) MCAT: 522 (131/131/129/131) Residence: TX Race: Asian, Male (ORM) Undergrad: State school, Major: Biology, Minors: Medical Humanities, Chemistry Clinical Experience: 80 hours volunteering and shadowing at a medical clinic...
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    Do I have the right type of research for an MD/PhD?

    I've been considering getting an MD/PhD, however much of my research has been in behavioral neuroscience (attention research and epilepsy related research with mice) and more recently neuropsychology/neurolinguistics research. I have done research in three labs starting my sophomore year...
  21. annabanana96

    Help me make a school list! MD/PhD

    JesOOoOOss christ the day has come where I make this post. FIRST: Apologies if this is in the wrong area, PLEASE direct me to where this should be if I am in the wrong here. Senior in a tiny college, middle eastern gal (aka white lol), first-gen, NJ resident! Majors: Psych and Chem Stats...
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    AMCAS Personal Statement vs MD/PHD Essay

    Hi all, thanks for reading! I am having a lot of trouble writing different essays for the primary application Personal Statement and MD/PhD essay. For me, I have one narrative: how I've bounced between meaningful clinical inspiration and taken those experiences into basic research on the...
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    MD/PhD and MD-only at specific schools?

    Hello everyone, I know there have been a few threads on this topic in the past, but I can't seem to find a concrete answer to squelch my concerns! My overarching question is this--is there a way to know if applying to MD/Ph.D. and MD-only at particular schools won't hurt my chances at an...
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    Based on the following, what are my chances looking like for Top 20 MD/PHD programs cumulative GPA: 3.66 science GPA: 3.72 MCAT: N/A- I am scheduled to take it in April (Shooting for 519+) African-American Male State of residence: VA Extensive amount of extracurricular and leadership...
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    Letters from Course Professors vs PIs

    I decided recently to apply to MSTP programs this cycle and I realized that although I will have 4 great letters of recommendation from labs that I've worked in and doctors that I have shadowed, I have not established any relationship with course professors. And I know that most MSTP programs...
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    Chances? How can I improve before June?

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    MD chances for Central Asia resident

    Hi everyone, I'd appreciate your opinion on my chances for MD in US. My overall aim is get MD-PhD degrees in US in the future. Thank you. Do you think I can try apply to US now? Research: > 3+ years with international internships > 3-4 high IF papers as a front co-author > 2-3 ongoing papers...
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    MD chances for Cenral Asia resident

    Hi everyone, I'd appreciate your opinion on my chances for MD in US. My overall aim is to get MD-PhD degrees in US for the future career. Thank you. Do you think I can try apply to US now? Research: > 3+ years with international internships > 3-4 high IF papers as a front co-author > 2-3...
  29. MarkovTheBeast

    Advice please: MD/PhD epidemiology

    I have an MPH in epidemiology from a CEPH-accredited school of public health and I have been accepted to the regular MD program at the same school. My interest is in cancer epidemiology and I hope to publish my first epidemiology paper in this area before the start of medical school. When I...
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    Ready to Consider Reapplying MD/PhD, how to do it right?

    I'm at the point where I'm mentally preparing to apply next cycle. I applied to 22 schools all MD/PhD with the following stats: GPA/BCPM-GPA: 3.62/3.70 MCAT: 515 uGrad: Bioengineering and Nutritional Science double major from top ~15 university Masters: Biomedical Engineering Research: 5 years...
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    Ready to Consider Reapplying MD/PhD, how to do it right?

    I'm at the point where I'm mentally preparing to apply next cycle. I applied to 22 schools all MD/PhD with the following stats: GPA/BCPM-GPA: 3.62/3.70 MCAT: 515 uGrad: Bioengineering and Nutritional Science double major from top 15 university Masters: Biomedical Engineering Research: 5 years...
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    Am I qualified for MD/PhD?

    Currently debating between MD and MD/PhD. I understand the differences between the programs, and I'm really leaning towards MD/PhD because I've loved my research experiences as an undergrad. My biggest kicker (I think) is that I first authored a paper accepted by a pretty high impact factor...
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    Hi all, please bare with me if this is a stupid question. I know that in most cases a MD will give you more opportunities than a DO but I have been hearing that MSUCOM ( one of the best DO schools ) is better than MSUCHM ( a mid tier MD school). What is your take for: -Someone who wants to...
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    Does work as an R&D engineer count as “research?”

    Non traditional MD/PhD applicant coming from a BS/MS program in bioengineering. I did 2 years of undergrad/grad research I’m the same lab resulting in some abstracts and posters. Then I got a job as an R&D engineer at a ****ty medical device start up (part of my motivation for applying to...
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    What PHD is right for me?

    Hello, all! This is kind of a confusing question; I would appreciate any help I can get. I am interested in the MD/Ph.D. programs. Regarding research, I am interested in the role that genetics plays in mental disorders/psychology. What route(s) could I take to achieve this? I will go over what...
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    MD/PhD Programs

    Hi, I have a few questions regarding MD/PhD programs. Let’s say you apply to MD/PhD programs. In a case you do not get in, can your application automatically be considered for MD or PhD? Do you have to provide additional materials for the MD or PhD programs, such as GRE?
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    Do MD Schools See MD/PhD Essays?

    Hello all, I hope your application seasons are going well. I was curious as to whether MD only schools will see my MD/PhD essays in my application. I wanted to pull a few paragraphs out of my PhD statement and use them in a secondary but I don't want to do that if admissions will see I just...
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    Want to make a difference: Translational Research (MD/PhD) or Public Health (MD)?

    Hi all, I hugely appreciate this forum and the questions and answers posted here every day. I'm hoping that some of you with experience in the fields that am most passionate in can offer me some guidance. Thanks in advance. I have three more semesters of undergrad before I graduate...
  39. Oxalis

    MD/PhD Chances? What do I do?

    Hello! This is my first thread as I was really hoping to get some advice. I'm in my senior year and looking to apply this Spring to MD/PhD programs. I was originally gearing for an MD program, and I'm still open to it, but I've had some incredible experiences with research (2+ years and tough...
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    MD vs MD/PhD?

    Hi there, I'm seeking friendly advice from people who have considered both MD and MD/PhD programs. Before you jump on me for not knowing if I want to do a dual degree or not and telling me I can't do it halfheartedly...I know. That's why I'm here. A bit about me: I've been pre-med since high...