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This is a very difficult question. Yes, the GPAs and MCATs are often higher, but that is more from self-selection, I personally believe. There are often less applicants for the seats available. In general, I think the main extra difficulty part comes from doing the undergraduate research. If you've got that out of the way, you're nearly set. That's not counting the actual application process which certainly is MUCH more difficult than straight MD, at least twice as difficult. You're going to have much more secondary paperwork and many more interviews. The good news is...a great deal of the paperwork and interview questions will be very similiar.


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</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Spiderman [RNA Ladder 2003]:
<strong>I was wondering if MD/PhD is more competetive than MD. Is it true?</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">If you're referring to admissions, then none has given a good assessment. MD/PhD applicants are a very self-selected group of applicants. Though the applicants to spots ratio is lower, the applicants tend to be more qualified numbers-wise and definitely more research-focused.

There are no strict numbers requirements at most programs. If you have a strong committment to both medicine and research, then MD/PhD may be for you.
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