I'm currently a post-bac weighing several MD/PhD offers for this upcoming year, and my first choice right now is Michigan. I have a friend of a friend who is a current MD student at Michigan, and he says that it would be possible to get administrators to increase the stipend offered to me as an incoming MSTP student by playing hardball, i.e. saying that I was "leaning toward other programs" now and getting them to make me a better offer. I've never heard of this before, and am wondering if this is even remotely true. It seems to me that the folks at UM would just wish me the best elsewhere since they might have other, "more interested" students waitlisted.