I have question regarding the amount of lab experience that is typically necessary when applying for md/phd programs. If I apply this summer as a rising senior, I would have had a summer and a semester of research experience working in a molecular diagnostics research lab. However, i took time away from school while working in the lab so I was working there full time. I am also going to be doing two semesters of independent study during my senior year. Would it be best for me to possibly wait a year before applying to md/phd programs? Would admissions comittees consider that I am going to be doing significant research during my senior year? I often hear that about 2 years of research experience is the norm. Should you have 2 years of research experience when you apply or by the time you matriculate? By the time I graduate, I will have had somewhere betwee 1.5 to 2 years of research experience. I think I otherwise have the stats necessary to apply: MCAT: 14 PS, 11 BS, 10 VR; GPA: 3.7 in biomedical engineering. I would appreciate any advice. Thanks.