Hi all, I'm currently taking 1-2 years off to do research prior to medical school. Considering an MD/PhD program (34R, 3.74)...but it seems like it's more a matter of them considering me based on the ridiculously high stats of accepted individuals. Anyway I've been applying for jobs and have one offer from CHOP (Children's Hospital) in Philly, an interview at UPenn Med, one at the Center for Blood Research at Harvard, and Children's Hospital in Boston. Hooray for gainful, poorly paid employment! In addition to regular jobs, I have received an interview for the IRTA (Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award) at NIH. Basically, I'm looking for advice as to how much the institution matters when deciding what research to do during that 1-2 years off. Has anyone else heard of the IRTA program? If so, does it look better than a regular tech job when applying? Don't get me wrong...I want to be in the position where I'll be the happiest before medical school, but it would be nice to know how each position could help/hurt my chances of admission to a program. Thanks a lot for your advice! Best of luck to everyone in their endeavors.