I will be applying to MD/PhD programs with the intention of completing my graduate work in BME. Will this affect my candidacy, positively or negatively, at schools where BME is only just now burgeoning? One school that comes to mind is Wash U. If I express a strong interest in BME, will that in and of itself help my case? I'm thinking along the lines of an adcom reacting in this way: "Oh, excellent, this one's interested in tissue engineering with Professor So-and-So! Even though he's not as numerically competitive as all these guys clamoring for a shot at our neuroscience program, he'll help to bridge the medical scientist gap with our brand spanking new BME outlet!" Any feedback is much appreciated, thanks.