I know there are many threads on this, but I want to describe my specific situation. I went to undergrad just thinking to do MD, but I had a conversation with my adviser (former dean of admissions at the university's medical school) one day that got me started. We were talking and he kind of randomly came out and said "I notice your great GPA and from my general sense of you I would think you would make a great MD/PhD. Who knows if you keep your ties to the University you could even be a faculty member here one day." So this last semester, spring 2011, I started genetics research and found it to be genuinely interesting and now I'm doing research full time this summer at the university's medical school. (I'm actually there right now ) Okay to start some Stats; Just finished the sophomore year and heading into the junior year GPA: 4.0 MCAT: guessing 34-36ish (took on july 16th 2011) Course Work: Will begin taking some graduate courses in genetics this coming fall and the following semesters., have already taken all prereqs + genetics and biochem) Research: Will have 3 semesters in same lab + 2 summers when I apply. EC's: RA, Academic help mentor, public health volunteer, Emergency Department Volunteer, Club Officer, Free clinic volunteer (Just for this summer) How do I shape up? I know my research is on the low end, but by the time I graduate I will have had two years in the same lab and two summers of full time research. I'm open to MSTP MD/PhD and non-MSTP MD/PhD programs.