one question about MD/PhD programs- do many of them allow first year med students to apply? i ask because i am interested in these programs but i do not have the research experience to apply directly to one- however, i am joining a microbiology lab this fall and should have a year's experience by the time i graduate. the only research experience i have so far is one semester of organic chem . i am not positive that i want to enter one of these programs, but i would still like to have the option in the future. i am currently applying to MD programs for the fall of 2001- will i be able, if i so choose, to apply for entry into a dual-degree program after my first year of med school? i know some schools allow this (e.g. u of minnesota); however, i don't know if it is a common practice. thanks!