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MD/PhD question

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by mvalento, Jul 14, 2000.

  1. mvalento

    mvalento Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jun 15, 2000
    chicago, IL
    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!
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  3. Arti

    Arti Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 11, 2000
    For the most part I don't think it is a problem. Some schools even refund you tution from the previous year if you decide to join their MD/PhD progrm (Albert Einstein). Most other schools I think you just have to reapply as an MD/PhD candidate.
  4. learningcurve

    learningcurve Junior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jun 29, 2000
    So, is it more difficult to get into a MD/PhD program after the first year of school than as a med school applicant?

  5. MSTP I

    MSTP I Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 1, 2000
  6. MudPhud

    MudPhud Junior Member

    Jul 30, 2000
    If you want to do an MD/PHD apply to the program directly...If you are already in the first year of med school then don't do's really not worth'll end up making more money practicing medicine. Don't do an MD/Ph.D unless it's from a good school ,that is, Hopkins, Harvard, Stanford...etc...Graduating from an okay MD/PHD program will make it more difficult to obtain grants!
  7. MTY


    i didn't know this question has been brought up already.

    guys, if you enroll as a MD/PhD student, then you decide that it's not what you want to pursue, can u go back and do MD instead?
  8. MSTP I

    MSTP I Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 1, 2000
    If you aren't very sure you want to do MD/PhD you probably won't be accepted. You can leave the program at any point, but this is strongly discouraged. Some schoool require that you pay them back for the tuition and stipend.


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