narla_hotep

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When I submitted my primary app, I indicated that I would continue working in the research lab (that I've been in for 3 years already) for 1 more year until I graduate, and put in my hours accordingly. But I just found out my postdoc mentor in the lab got a new job and is suddenly leaving, and I don't want to continue in the lab without her because I don't have the best relationship with the PI... My postdoc mentor and I agreed that if I have to start a new project, then I might as well move to an entirely different lab. So it looks like I'm not doing the last year in this lab like I planned.

Do I need to update AMCAS about this? And what is the best way to do this?
 

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When I submitted my primary app, I indicated that I would continue working in the research lab (that I've been in for 3 years already) for 1 more year until I graduate, and put in my hours accordingly.
Are you saying you put in 3 years worth of research hours or 4? If 3, don't worry about it. If 4, you shouldn't have done it and it's probably a good idea to update before anyone reaches out to your PI.
 
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narla_hotep

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I put in 4 years of hours, but... Why is this a bad thing to do? The application asks for prospective hours, including future hours... And when I submitted, I was absolutely sure I would continue in the lab another year
 

sp4k

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Oh I wasn't aware the app asks for prospective hours. I guess it's okay then?

One year is enough for the lab to loose funding and shut down.
 

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@sp4k it would be wise to avoid giving advice on topics you don't actually know about....


OP - I would probably just not do anything re: AMCAS at this point. You can mention what you are doing instead of that lab on your secondaries.
 

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When I submitted my primary app, I indicated that I would continue working in the research lab (that I've been in for 3 years already) for 1 more year until I graduate, and put in my hours accordingly. But I just found out my postdoc mentor in the lab got a new job and is suddenly leaving, and I don't want to continue in the lab without her because I don't have the best relationship with the PI... My postdoc mentor and I agreed that if I have to start a new project, then I might as well move to an entirely different lab. So it looks like I'm not doing the last year in this lab like I planned.

Do I need to update AMCAS about this? And what is the best way to do this?
@sp4k it would be wise to avoid giving advice on topics you don't actually know about....
OP - I would probably just not do anything re: AMCAS at this point. You can mention what you are doing instead of that lab on your secondaries.
Prospective hours are not an obligation and adcoms know that things change. @ChrisMack390 advice is probably best here and a line or tow about post-doc leaving lab has also given you an opportunity to change labs