1. Unsweet_Tea_Enthusiast

    MD/PhD apps: Update Letter? What to put on it other than recent pub?

    Hi everyone :) I am applying currently, and I have a new pub (review article, co-first author). I was hoping to use this as a way to communicate my interest in some schools that 1) I have interviewed at or 2) I haven't received II's from. But I realized that I haven't done as much as I had...
  2. tofudelivery

    Interview questions about research

    So as context, I am very determined to go into an MD/PhD program, and I applied to both the MD and MD/PhD programs at my target school with the intention of reapplying and transferring into MD/PhD if I only get in MD the first time. Research has been a really strong part of why I want to go into...
  3. Unsweet_Tea_Enthusiast

    Secondary question: COVID prompts

    Vandy has this prompt: Optional: If applicable, please describe how the COVID-19 outbreak affected your pathway to medical school. You may discuss any academic, personal, financial, or professional alterations to your plans. NOTE: Disclosing certain hardships or obstacles that have been faced...
  4. Unsweet_Tea_Enthusiast

    Harvard MSTP secondary

    Ok, is it just me, or is the Harvard MSTP secondary kind of odd? The mission of the Harvard/MIT MD-PhD program is “to train the next generation of premier and diverse physician-scientist leaders”. Please describe, in the form of a high-impact abstract of your life experiences to date, how your...
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    WAMC/School List for Non-Trad MD/PhD Applicant

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    WAMC/School List for Non-Trad MD/PhD Applicant

  7. owouwu

    NYU Grossman (MD-PhD) vs Mt. Sinai (MD-PhD) - thoughts?

    I am having a really hard time choosing between these two schools for their MD-PhD programs. They have comparable financial packages, which is free tuition with ~46k/year stipend for 8 years. I want to have my own laboratory upon graduation and lead initiatives in psychiatric care. (... yes...
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    MSTP WAMC + School List Help

    Hello, I plan on applying straight from undergrad (no gap years) in the upcoming 2023 cycle and was wondering if I'm a competitive applicant for MSTP programs. Asian male (Ivy undergrad) Not a minority, low SES, or disadvantaged These stats are projected to the end of my junior year aka time...
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    MD/PhD Program Stipend Transparency

    In the spirit of transparency, we would love to make a resource where prospective students can understand exactly how their stipends break down after taxes/fees and gain a sense for any additional affordability factors that are offered by their program or city. This project started as an effort...
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    Question about striving for longevity in research experience?

    Hello all, Background: I am a rising second-year undergraduate student studying biochemistry at Berea College. I aspire the career of a physician-scientist. I am currently at my summer undergraduate research internship site (the Aspirnaut program at Vanderbilt U. Medical Center). I enjoy the...
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    Considering internships for the future as an aspirant physician-scientist

    Hey all 👋, I’ve posted in these forums a couple of times, but I wanted to gain some potential advice or pointers on where to apply for undergraduate summer research experience. I currently have an internship position for summer 2022, Aspirnaut/Hal Moses Research Program at VUMC, which would be...
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    WAMC/MSTP School List Advice (ORM, 4.0, 517)

    Hi everyone! I just got my MCAT score back and will be applying this cycle (2022-2023). I think I have a good foundation, but with my MCAT score/ECs, I'm not sure if I am able to apply for more competitive schools. I'm looking for help creating a schools list and recommendations on how I can...
  13. K

    MD/PhD Reapplication if Previously Accepted at Other Program(s)

    Hi everyone, I have been accepted at one MD/PhD program so far, and I am waiting for (admission and interview invitation) decisions at others. I think I will withdraw admission at my accepted program because of the location. Since applying, I have realized that I want to be in/near NYC for the...
  14. pBar

    USMLE When to start studying for step 1 (MSTP at 1 year pre-clinical institution)

    I am currently an M1-MSTP at a school with a 1-year preclinical curriculum and am a little lost as to when to starting prepping for STEP1. For some context, I will be finishing my pre-clincial trunk this summer and transitioning to clerkships in the Fall. Due to the curriculum demands of my PhD...
  15. testus_2

    Am I ready to apply/how competitive would I be this cycle? WAMC

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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...
  17. T

    Tufts or CU Denver MSTP

    Hi all, I'm having a tough time deciding between these two MSTP programs. Maybe you can help? Maybe this will be a way to clear up my thoughts on the matter. Tufts: Pros-------------- -Near many of my good friends (I currently work at MIT but I am from Seattle) -Excellent walkable city. The...
  18. manivharat

    University of Iowa MSTP vs University of Kansas MD-PhD

    Howdy all! I've received the privilege of being accepted to two wonderful MD-PhD programs. However, I have been having an extremely difficult time choosing between the two schools. I have been given the deadline to accept my offer to one of these schools by March 25th. For some context, my...
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    Harvard (MD-PhD affiliate) vs UNC (MSTP) - non-trad PhD field

    First off, I'm extremely lucky to be in this position. But I'd be lying if I didn't say that this hellish application cycle is ending with a pretty tough choice. I've gone through this application cycle interviewing for both MSTP and MD-only programs. I want to pursue doctoral work in a...
  21. 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...
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    Request for Advice on MSTP Application

    I am a master’s student in computer science who wants to apply for MD-PhD in the upcoming cycle. Here are my statistics: • undergraduate GPA is 3.77 and master’s GPA is 3.9. • MCAT is 512 (129/129/124/129). I have a hard time remembering facts and felt myself struggling to remember details...
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    Incoming Freshman - Pre-Med GPA at Duke

    Hi everyone, I am planning on attending Duke in the fall for my undergraduate degree. I have heard that Duke classes are incredibly difficult (but you do learn a ton academically from the rigor of the courses) and that the university is notorious for weeding out pre-meds due to grading on the...
  24. H

    UCSF vs Gates Scholarship (plz help)

    Hi Everyone! I'm incredibly fortunate to have received acceptances from both UCSF and the Gates-Cambridge Scholarship for a PhD in Computer Science at Cambridge University (waitlisted UCSF MSTP). If I went to UCSF I would send a strong LOI and likely convert to MSTP later if not accepted...
  25. babykarat

    MD/PhD WAMC + School List Advice

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    MD/PhD WAMC + School List Advice

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    Decline in international MD/PhD acceptances

    I'm an international student planning on applying to MD/PhD programs in the upcoming cycle. I knew this was going to be an uphill battle and that things would be stacked against me as an international student so last year I made a spreadsheet including every program that said they accepted...
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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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    Does a truly integrated (translational) career as an MD/PhD exist?

    As the title states: I am curious if a career exists that truly allows for the integration of bench research and patient care and if so, what field/specialty/PhD topics are most conducive? I know a majority of MD/PhDs end up doing about 80/20 lab/clinic time, which is fine, but I would prefer...
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    Chances? How can I improve before June?

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    Pre-MSTP Post-Bac research options?

    Hi all, I am trying to do some research into post-bac programs to do during my gap year leading up to an MSTP application. I know about the NIH IRTA post-bac option but I was wondering if anyone on here knew of any other opportunities. I like the idea of a post-bac over lab tech or research...
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    MSTP (MD/PhD Programs)

    What is considered strong research experience for an MSTP (MD/PhD) Program? Especially at schools such as Columbia, UPenn, etc. How many hours, publications, presentations (and which conferences), etc?
  33. 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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    Need help on MSTP interviews

    I have had four MD/PhD (MSTP) interviews so far and they have gone terribly so far (compared to my MD only interviews). I have two mor and feel like a sitting duck at this point. Any advice on how to talk about your research? I feel like sometimes they don't follow me and the interview goes off...
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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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    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...
  38. Commsky

    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...
  39. S

    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...