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Do adcoms need to know in advance what type of Phd you want to pursue?

neofight

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    I was wondering if anyone would know whether the subject area for the Phd (Bio, Chem, etc.) must be declared to adcoms when applying to MSTP programs? Basically, do you need to know in advance what type of Phd you want to obtain or can you decide later after getting accepted to a med school's MSTP program?
     

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      I would not look at it that way. The first two years of medical school will expose you to all areas of medicine and should broaden your horizons as to what area of clinically relevant basic science you want to be doing. Most students change their minds about the field in which they wish to obtain their PhDs. I doubt there is any difference in graduation time on average between the students who continue PhD work in the same field they did before they started and students who choose a different area for their PhDs.
       
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