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Does applying to MD/PHD make getting in harder?

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MysticHealer

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So i'm intrested in doing an MD/PhD but I'm worried that if I apply for it at all of the schools that I'm applying to that have them, I will make my overall acceptance into any program at thsoe schools that much harder. When I asked the advisor of one program he said taht if oyu were a good PhD canidate their commitie would out in a good word for you. But if you were not they wouldn't mention anything
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I don't understand. The vast majority of schools do not offer you a PhD position if you are rejected from the MD/PhD program. Instead, they will almost definitely consider you without bias for the MD program. Applying MD/PhD doesn't make it any harder to get into an MD program.
 

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what about delaying the MD application? like if one group of people consider you for MD/PhD, and you are sent back to the MD pool, won't a lot of the MD pool have filled up already? because if that's true, applying MD/PhD can hurt your chances of MD just by delaying your app...
 

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eh...it's possible, but I think effectively countered by the fact that simply by applying MD/PhD more seats are open to you.
 

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It depends on how late you apply. If you do it reasonably early then there shouldn't be any problem. If you are committed to the MD/PhD track, then apply. Don't stress about the MD admissions; if you aren't accepted initially to MD/PhD then you will be considered for MD admissions. So in a way your application gets a double-look over by the school.
 
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