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M.D. or M.D./Ph.D. AMCAS application

mwall003

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    I am beginning to decide whether or not I want to apply MD or MD/Ph.D. I'm leaning towards MD/Ph.D however, I'd like to apply to some schools that are best fit for me MD/Ph.D and apply to some of the upper tiered schools MD and perhaps apply for a Ph.D during my M1 year. Is this possible to apply MD to some schools and MD/Ph.D to other schools on the AMCAS or must one choose one or the other? Thanks for the help!
     

    RogueUnicorn

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      I am beginning to decide whether or not I want to apply MD or MD/Ph.D. I'm leaning towards MD/Ph.D however, I'd like to apply to some schools that are best fit for me MD/Ph.D and apply to some of the upper tiered schools MD and perhaps apply for a Ph.D during my M1 year. Is this possible to apply MD to some schools and MD/Ph.D to other schools on the AMCAS or must one choose one or the other? Thanks for the help!
      it's not all or nothing, you can choose which program to apply to for each school.
       

      IvyHopeful20

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        I am beginning to decide whether or not I want to apply MD or MD/Ph.D. I'm leaning towards MD/Ph.D however, I'd like to apply to some schools that are best fit for me MD/Ph.D and apply to some of the upper tiered schools MD and perhaps apply for a Ph.D during my M1 year. Is this possible to apply MD to some schools and MD/Ph.D to other schools on the AMCAS or must one choose one or the other? Thanks for the help!

        Yes, you can apply MD only or MD/PhD only. However, many schools will still consider you for MD admission if you get denied MD/PhD. You could certainly apply during m1 or m2 but you'd be on your own in terms of tuition for the first couple years (and at some schools, for all years that you're not in the grad program, eg. all four years of med school).

        So just be aware before doing that.

        Other than that....MD/PhDs are awesome!
         

        StephBee

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          I would actually suggest it unless you have like, uber amazing stats. MD/PhDs are incredibly competative and, although they recieve fewer applications, they accept a very small number of students every year.

          Here's what I did:
          I applied to about 14 MDPhDs and 12 or so MDs only. My stats suck for MDPhD but they're decent for MD (30, 3.9 gpa) so I was very selective about the MSTP programs I applied to. I only applied to ones that either required MD acceptence first or if rejected from MDPhD, I'm still in the running for MD. I've had 3 rejections from MDPhD programs so far (Duke, Cornell and Michigan) but I'm still in consideration for MD at all of them.
          Don't do what I did: apply early! Especially, consider the fact that if rejected from MD/PhD, you're going to be a later applicant for MD pool. At least the schools taht rejected me did so in about 2-3 weeks so I'm slightly less screwed for MD (though I'm having my panic attack moment where I plan out what I'm going to do cause I've convinced myself I'm not going to get in anywhere).

          Good luck!
           
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