Hi, I'm a third year looking into applying for fall 2007 and most likely 2008 too . I was wondering if it's possible to apply to both the PhD program and the MSTP program for a university (especially UCs). I don't have competitive numbers so my chances of being accepted into any MSTP are slim, but I know I eventually want to complete a MD/PhD even if it means reapplying from graduate school or completing a PhD first. I plan on applying only to PhD programs this coming fall as my current GPA is way too low for MSTP. If I'm not happy with where I get accepted to, I plan on applying to some PhD programs and some MSTP programs the following year (fall 2008, by this time I've probably graduated and started postbacc research). This is when I'll be caught between reapplying to PhD programs and applying to MSTPs, so I'm wondering if I can just apply to both for some universities. That's probably too good to be true though, so I'll probably have to weigh my odds of which MSTPs I can make and which PhDs I can make. Aside from my title question, if I do get accepted to a grad school I like, I'm kind of torn if I should start graduate work if MD/PhD is what I really want. If anyone has any suggestions I'd greatly appreciate that. PS: for those of you who got accepted to UCSD's MSTP, can I possibly get your numbers and years of research experiences? UCSD is #1 on my list of where I want to go Thank you!!