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With about 350-400 MSTP funded slots available nationwide, and even more fully funded MD/PhD slots, one begins to realize that much of the application process is matching the right student with the right school. Obviously, competition will be most intense at the elite programs, but it is important to remember that all MSTP-NIH funded programs are of high quality, and worth pursuing dual degrees at.
There's 42 NIH funded programs right now. I think a lot of those have 8-10 funded spots total, granted they all might not be from NIH money. Many places I interviewed had money for 4-6 NIH spots, but made up the rest with internal funding.
Of course there are non-NIH funded slots... but there can't be THAT many.
Does anyone have an idea how many MSTP/MD-PhD programs are there that are fully funded? MSTP=~200 i guess, how many fully funded MD-PhD? what schools fully fund your MS+a stipend?
The number of MSTP slots have declined from 921 in 2004, to 907 in 2006.
Last year, ~1,500 individuals applied to at least one MSTP or MD-PhD program. 389 enrolled in MSTP and 184 enrolled in MD-PhD programs.
Regarding the discrepancy between MSTP slots and MSTP students, most programs support MSTP students on the training grant for only a portion of their training, and use other funds to support them the rest of the time. By leveraging MSTP grant funds with other sources, a program can increase the number of students. My program has a ratio of 3.6 students for every slot on the MSTP grant. The MSTP grant typically covers only 15 to 20% of all the costs involved in running a MD-PhD program.
Of those that applied but didn't matriculate into joint progams that I know or have heard about (~10 people), they all chose to do MD-only. They chose to go to a higher-ranked/school-they-prefered MD-only program over their joint acceptance(s). Many of them reapplied to their schools MD/PhD program and got in during MS1. Very limited sample though.
What about declining the MD only offer and reapplying MSTP next year? What're ur chances of getting in?