Can you apply to both MD and MD/PHD at the same time?

CollegePark

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    I know AMCAS primary application don't let you chose both options (regular M.D. and Dual degree (e.g. M.D.-Ph.D.)), but can you apply to both if you're interested in research, yet not so much that you'd give up regular M.D. if you don't get in through more competitive dual degree?

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    Hurricane95

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      It depends on the school...some do and others don't. I haven't payed much attention to that because I am only applying MD, but I noticed that WashU's interview invite letter states something like if you also applied MSTP you will be getting a separate interview for that.....so I guess washU does allow you to apply both.
       
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      Darth Asclepius

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        When you apply MD/PhD you should be given the opportunity (on the secondary) to say if you wish to be considered for MD only if the MD/PhD program doesn't want to interview/accept you. At least that's how it was for all the schools I applied MD/PhD to.
         

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          CollegePark said:
          I know AMCAS primary application don't let you chose both options (regular M.D. and Dual degree (e.g. M.D.-Ph.D.)), but can you apply to both if you're interested in research, yet not so much that you'd give up regular M.D. if you don't get in through more competitive dual degree?

          Thanks!

          I think this is how it works (check the schools that you are applying to make sure). If you apply to the MD/PhD program, you have to go through two sets of interview. One with the MD program, and the other with the PhD program. In order to get admitted to the MD/PhD program, you have to be accepted by BOTH "programs" If the MD program wants you, but the PhD program doesn't, then you are only accepted to the MD program.

          So by applying to the MD/PhD program, I think you are actually considered for both MD-only or MD/PhD

          Good luck
           

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            theblastopore said:
            I think this is how it works (check the schools that you are applying to make sure). If you apply to the MD/PhD program, you have to go through two sets of interview. One with the MD program, and the other with the PhD program. In order to get admitted to the MD/PhD program, you have to be accepted by BOTH "programs" If the MD program wants you, but the PhD program doesn't, then you are only accepted to the MD program.

            So by applying to the MD/PhD program, I think you are actually considered for both MD-only or MD/PhD

            Good luck

            Depends on the school-- some work this way (where you have to do 2 sets of interviews, and can get in just one or the other), but at other schools, the MD/PhD program gets full control over a certain number of med school spots. So you just interview with the program, no MD-only interview needed. Even under this circumstance, you could get an MD-only acceptance while on the MD/PhD waitlist or something (this happened to me at 2 places).
             
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