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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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