1. O.F. Hanson

    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...
  2. O.F. Hanson

    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...
  3. A

    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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. testus_2

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

  7. C

    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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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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  11. M

    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...
  12. 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...
  13. M

    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...
  14. A

    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...
  15. 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...
  16. babykarat

    MD/PhD WAMC + School List Advice

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  17. babykarat

    MD/PhD WAMC + School List Advice

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  18. M

    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...
  19. L

    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...
  21. T

    Chances? How can I improve before June?

  22. D

    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...
  23. S

    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?
  24. 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...
  25. E

    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...
  26. F

    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...
  27. F

    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...
  29. 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...
  30. 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...
  31. EngineerMedic

    How to Strengthen Application for HMS/MIT

    I just finished my second year of undergrad. I think right now is a good time to take stock of where I'm at in terms of application strength, as I still have a full year to make changes and add experiences. (Ideally I'd matriculate directly after undergrad graduation, so I'll apply between 3rd...
  32. S

    Non - Canadian International student md/phd 2018-19 cycle

    Hi, Not to post another one of those, but I wanted an opinion on whether I am picking the right application strategy vis-a-vis applications for md/phd programs: I am currently finishing up a post-baccalaureate fellowship at a top University. - Total of 4.5 yrs research experience ( 2.5 yrs...
  33. 8

    Is it wise to apply and defer this cycle?

    Hi All, I'm in the middle of writing MSTP apps right now (have requested all letters of rec and gotten draft of personal statement done), but I'm wondering what you guys think about deferral regarding this situation... Essentially, I am thinking of applying and possibly deferring a year to get...
  34. F

    Stanford vs Columbia vs Northwestern

  35. L

    Currently Ph.D. Student Applying for M.D. / M.D.-Ph.D.

    Hi everyone, I know this is a reallllllly long post and I may ask a lot. But I really appreciate if you can at least give me some ideas and help me out a little bit.... I am currently a second year engineering Ph.D. student from one of the top 10 universities. My current research direction is...
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    URM female chances MSTP

  37. R

    Chance Me | URM | MD/PHD AND MD

    Hello, Based on the following, what are my chances looking like for Top 20 Schools MD/PHD as well as MD programs (I know not to apply to both at the same time and I won't): cumulative GPA: 3.76 science GPA: 3.55 MCAT: 517 African-American female State of residence: NYC *woot*woot* Plethora of...
  38. F

    How To Pick a Program Based on the Grad School

    Forgive me if this post is very noob-ish, but I feel like I need some clarity on this subject before it is too late. There are a lot of threads on how to pick a mentor/lab for your PhD once you've already enrolled in a program, and also a decent amount of posts that address how heavily one...
  39. F

    MSTP students for Ophthalmology

    Hi, I was just curious how residency programs viewed MSTP students as far as their Step 1 scores. Since they took their step 1 exams theoretically 4-5 years before most regular applicants, do programs factor this in? Or do they basically just have to deal with it haha. I am asking because I am...