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MD/PhD Non-trad; 3.7ish gpa; 4 years research; no MCAT yet

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I'm going to preface this by saying I'm still very much on the fence as to where I'm headed--originally I was thinking MD only but have since really fallen in love with research and realized that I really want to end up in research while still being able to be in the clinic so am planning on applying MD/PhD but realize I'm probably the average to just-below average applicant.

Planning to apply in the 2013 cycle (to matriculate Fall of 2014).

Graduated in 2011 with a double major in dance and biology. Honors in biology; honors thesis in development biology (which won a departmental award to boot!). At the time, my cGPA was a 3.68 and sGPA was 3.65.

Volunteered as a tutor with Upward Bound for all four years of undergrad. Shadowed an orthopedic surgeon senior year for 90ish hours. During senior spring, I ended up also working in his lab for another 90ish hours working on a pre-clinical project (in addition to my honors thesis in a lab at school).

Since I graduated, I've been working as a tech in a cancer bio lab. My PI is pretty well known/highly regarded in the field. I'm 2nd author on a Nature paper that will be in print soon--the lab is great about letting techs get on papers, so this is likely the first of several to come.

Haven't taken the MCATs/started studying too hard yet but have done reasonably okay (but not necessarily MSTP good) on the two practice tests I've taken (32 and 33). I also tend to test well (1350 SATs, 32 ACT) but I know it's hard to say until I actually get all my studying done/take the MCATs for real. Currently thinking of maybe taking them in August and seeing how I do--if I do really well, just applying to joint programs. If I do less well, applying to both MD/PhD and PhD only. I know I want to be in a research-focused program and would rather do PhD only then settle for less research.

Thoughts? Chance me!
 
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I'm going to preface this by saying I'm still very much on the fence as to where I'm headed--originally I was thinking MD only but have since really fallen in love with research and realized that I really want to end up in research while still being able to be in the clinic so am planning on applying MD/PhD but realize I'm probably the average to just-below average applicant.

Planning to apply in the 2013 cycle (to matriculate Fall of 2014).

Graduated in 2011 with a double major in dance and biology. Honors in biology; honors thesis in development biology (which won a departmental award to boot!). At the time, my cGPA was a 3.68 and sGPA was 3.65.

Volunteered as a tutor with Upward Bound for all four years of undergrad. Shadowed an orthopedic surgeon senior year for 90ish hours. During senior spring, I ended up also working in his lab for another 90ish hours working on a pre-clinical project (in addition to my honors thesis in a lab at school).

Since I graduated, I've been working as a tech in a cancer bio lab. My PI is pretty well known/highly regarded in the field. I'm 2nd author on a Nature paper that will be in print soon--the lab is great about letting techs get on papers, so this is likely the first of several to come.

Haven't taken the MCATs/started studying too hard yet but have done reasonably okay (but not necessarily MSTP good) on the two practice tests I've taken (32 and 33). I also tend to test well (1350 SATs, 32 ACT) but I know it's hard to say until I actually get all my studying done/take the MCATs for real. Currently thinking of maybe taking them in August and seeing how I do--if I do really well, just applying to joint programs. If I do less well, applying to both MD/PhD and PhD only. I know I want to be in a research-focused program and would rather do PhD only then settle for less research.

Thoughts? Chance me!

Physician Scientist chances (Neuronix quote):
http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showthread.php?p=10563823
 
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