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What are the least competitive Md/Phd programs? I have a feeling that gaining an MD/Phd acceptance can sometimes be easier than an MD acceptance...Obviously I'm not speaking of any MSTP programs...thoughts?
 

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doubt any md phd programs are easier to get into than the corresponding med school.
 
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as far as i could tell the gpas and mcats were pretty similar, but md/phds also have to do research and show serious interest in it, not just scheming their way into the program and then dropping the phd.
 

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In general analysis over the years without data to back it up.

For big name private research schools, the average MCAT and GPA for the MD/PhD program is not that much higher than that of the medical school.

For less highly ranked private schools, the average MCAT and GPA for the MD/PhD program can be much higher, assuming full-funding. It depends on a few factors I'll list below.

For state schools with fully-funded MD/PhD programs, the average GPA and MCAT can be much higher.

Though when the MD/PhD program is not fully funded, it can be as competitive as the medical school.

Factors influencing competitiveness:

1) Money. No funding = no greater competition.
2) US News Ranking. Given that they're based on MCAT scores, GPA, and "prestige" this is then a self-fulfilling prophecy/feedback loop. But, it is what it is.
3) Location. In broad terms 20somethings tend to prefer large, coastal cities. Midwestern schools are less competitive in general.
 

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Maybe places no one wants to get their PhD in... like I know Creighton has an MD/PhD program but hardly anyone is in it.