2nd year PhD student applying to MD PhD programs

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    I am a 2nd year PhD student however my PI during the first year left the university and l was forcerd to chose a different one. My new lab is a total joke.. my plan was always to do my PhD and apply to medical school right after instead of a traditional MD/PHD.. now o have decided the wait is pointless and I am applying to hot MD only and MD/PHD programs... has anyone seen this done successfully in the past? I will appreciate your advice.
    GPA 3.8 Sci GPA 3.9
    MCAT pending Grad only GPA 3.7 Non-traditional with 6 years of research experience both in academia and industry 2 abstracts 1 publication.
    2.5 years of clinical experience including 6 months of direct patient care on a community-based clinic.
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      Need MCAT score to comment on your chances.

      I think most MD/PhD programs are reluctant to take someone actively within a graduate program. Can you switch to graduate with an MS without burning any bridges? This will help wrap things up for applying MD/PhD.
       

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        I am a 2nd year PhD student however my PI during the first year left the university and l was forcerd to chose a different one. My new lab is a total joke.. my plan was always to do my PhD and apply to medical school right after instead of a traditional MD/PHD.. now o have decided the wait is pointless and I am applying to hot MD only and MD/PHD programs... has anyone seen this done successfully in the past? I will appreciate your advice.
        GPA 3.8 Sci GPA 3.9
        MCAT pending Grad only GPA 3.7 Non-traditional with 6 years of research experience both in academia and industry 2 abstracts 1 publication.
        2.5 years of clinical experience including 6 months of direct patient care on a community-based clinic.
        2 travel awards
        Undergrad student leadership appointments Undergrad diverse community volunteer experiences ~6 months
        Bilingual
        Thank you for your help...
        @Fencer

        Can you get a terminal masters from your graduate program? This will honestly largely depend on your MCAT score. Are you planning to apply this cycle (as in the one starting in a few weeks)?

        If your school has an MD-PhD program, they will likely be your best bet for applying internally.
         
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        Unconditionalloves

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          Need MCAT score to comment on your chances.

          I think most MD/PhD programs are reluctant to take someone actively within a graduate program. Can you switch to graduate with an MS without burning any bridges? This will help wrap things up for applying MD/PhD.
          I already have a masters from a different university, I might get an exit masters but will depend on whether I get admitted to medical school this cycle or not, and grad division approves the switch given that I already have an MS in a similar filed. I will not be burning the bridge if I leave. I am thinking to just apply to MD only programs and find an alternative Physician Scientist Training Path.
           

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            Can you get a terminal masters from your graduate program? This will honestly largely depend on your MCAT score. Are you planning to apply this cycle (as in the one starting in a few weeks)?

            If your school has an MD-PhD program, they will likely be your best bet for applying internally.
            My School does not have an MD/PHD program.
             
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