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I need more "safeties" on my list... any help or critique?

Latteandaprayer

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These are the schools I plan on adding, I've already been verified, I just need to add these schools.

Albert Einstein
Boston University
Case Western
Columbia University*
Hofstra
Drexel
Emory
Harvard*
Icahn (Sinai)
Johns Hopkins*
Temple
Michigan State
New York Medical College**
NYU*
Tufts
Tulane
UChicago*
UColorado, Denver
UMiami, Leonard Miller
UMichigan
Weill Cornell*
Yale*

* = mega reach, I know
** = I realize it does not have a direct MD/PhD program, but the location is attractive.
 
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In my opinion that is a bit too broad. "cell bio" is related to almost all of biomedical research. I suggest picking 1 direction or 1 or 2 and going back and forth depending on which is stronger at that particular school.

My stats and list were pretty similar to yours with a lot of "safe" schools. This caused me not to attend quite a few interviews later in the cycle and was a bit of a $ waste. Out of Hofstra, Drexel, Temple, NYMC, Tufts, Tulane, Miami I would pick 3-4 that are particularly appealing (ex. good location for you, good research in your area of interest, etc.) The rest you can replace with more matches, especially in the T20-30 range if you want to stay safe.
 
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Latteandaprayer

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In my opinion that is a bit too broad. "cell bio" is related to almost all of biomedical research. I suggest picking 1 direction or 1 or 2 and going back and forth depending on which is stronger at that particular school.

My stats and list were pretty similar to yours with a lot of "safe" schools. This caused me not to attend quite a few interviews later in the cycle and was a bit of a $ waste. Out of Hofstra, Drexel, Temple, NYMC, Tufts, Tulane, Miami I would pick 3-4 that are particularly appealing (ex. good location for you, good research in your area of interest, etc.) The rest you can replace with more matches, especially in the T20-30 range if you want to stay safe.

Thanks. Ultimately I want to be involved in ER (stress)-related diseases. I thought they were asking what I want my program to be, and that’s cell bio.
 
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