Greetings. I would like to thank everyone that posts in this forum for their incredible insights and suggestions. Like many of you I have been looking around for advice on graduate programs, and as a student coming from a low key state university with negligible premed advising, any and all advice is greatly appreciated. This being said... Education At present I am an undergraduate student majoring in psychology. I started with two lazy years and a 2.9 GPA before becoming motivated. Around December last year I decided I wanted to go into research to study human aging (fascinating area of research!) and declared a second major in biochemistry with minors in computer science and gerontology. I have received mostly A's and have since boosted my GPA to 3.47. Pre-med courses completed: Bio 1 & 2 Che 1 & 2 Genetics Calc 1 Organic 1 Organic 2 (taking coming semester) Cell Bio (taking coming semester) Physics 1 (taking over summer) Physics 2 (taking over summer) Work Experience Last summer (2008) I wrote a protocol for a non-profit research organization which allows them to provide research opportunities to undergraduate students by funding labs and providing competitive scholarships. In a nutshell, I am the program director (see www.mfuri.org) and oversee (either directly or indirectly depending on the project) the research of around 20 undergraduate students. While I do work on developing relevant science projects (my contributions mostly relate to neural science as this is my strongest area at present given my background in psychology), my primary role is as an administrator, and I work with a volunteer staff of graduate students, PhDs, and marketing professionals. I would like to contribute more to developing research projects and mentoring our student researchers as my knowledge of the subject material improves. Extra curricular / additional skills Division III athlete (basketball), tech savvy (home networking, limited programming, web designer, learning to use software to design php and sql websites which will allow for database development), and entrepreneur (starting small local business which converts old home videos and vinyl to DVD/CDR; using as a learning experience to understand tax laws, copyright laws, business management, etc). I intend to do an internship this summer at our local hospital or at the biochemistry research lab of the foundation I work for. The Goal My goal is to be accepted into a MD/PhD program, after which I would like to do research relevant to longevity science. The Questions The Dean of Arts and Sciences at my university said I should drop my minors and biochemistry major, and graduate at the end of this coming (spring) semester, then enroll for the university's MS program in natural science. The idea was that I could take my MCATs and catch up on necessary coursework at that time, because if I completed the majors and minors I would graduate with something like 250 credits (double what is needed for a degree). 1. I read on the website that undergrad grades count for more than graduate grades. Would a 3.5 UG with a 3.7-4.0 grad GPA suffice for admission? The forum only mentions straight UG grades (unless I missed the link). 2. I will take all the necessary courses (biochemistry, calc II, etc.) needed for a MD/PhD program. I will be starting research in biochemistry this coming semester, and possibly projects in either neural science or organic chemistry over the next year or two. The question is whether I should do all this as an UG or a grad student. Other than cost, which would be recommended and why? 3. What types of shadowing / internships would be most appropriate to give me a strong background? 4. What other thoughts / suggestions could you provide on how I should approach? As mentioned, I am greatly appreciative of any advice you can provide. I am extremely hard working and dedicated to achieving my goals, but I am desperate for guidance on the best way to approach. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season, and thank you in advance! PMs are also welcomed!