So here's the story: Through college, I dabbled in lots of things science related and ultimately decided (after 3 years doing research as an undergrad) that research by itself was not for me: mainly because of the extreme disparity between effort out to emotional satisfaction in (i.e. 1 year of experiments for 1 happy moment). So, I decided to apply for medical school, which I always found an exciting opportunity with great challenges and diverse career potential. With that said, I also found that doing research was very helpful in filling in the gaps that were glossed over in the textbook-only arena. So, I decide to take a year off and apply during that year while taking some fun classes and also continuing research (which I start to really enjoy because I changed emphasis from insect biochemistry to pediatric nephrology). 2 publications later, and a couple more in the hopper, I am in the middle of the application process. My EC's as an undergrad consisted of 2 years of volunteering at a Boys and Girls club (award for Volunteer of the Year), 1.5 years of hospice volunteering, and other small stuff like clubs, etc. I applied to a broad range of schools - most which allowed for some sort of research emphasized MD, thinking that I could continue research if I so desired (which I did and still do). I interviewed at 5 schools: State school, Columbia, Cornell, Wash U, and Tufts. I thought I was golden. My last interview was in November. Fast forward to today: 3 rejections, and still waiting on WashU and Tufts. So I ask: Did emphasis on research in my application (in terms of my most significant undergrad experience) hurt me? I only ask because I can't find any other flaw in my application. I don't think numbers (GPA/MCAT) were the problem otherwise I would have been screened out for interview. Couldn't have been lack of research or significant ECs. The only other possibility that I can grasp is that my ommition of a LOR from my hospice coordinator hurt me (the coordinator I worked the most time with up and quit without even telling any of the volunteers. Her replacement was a great guy, but didn't feel comfortable asking him for a LOR on 1 month's notice). HELP! Should I have applied MD/PhD if I knew in my hearts of hearts that I wanted to continue research, on some level, in the future?? I didn't because I thought the plain MD afforded me the same opportunity.... I'm getting the feeling that a reapplication is coming soon so I really would appreciate some advice. Thanks All!