First of all, hi to everyone! I'm brand new the SDN forums. I've been lurking for awhile, reading up on the wonderful advice around here, and decided to join because I have some questions about how to address my application situation. I will be applying for the Class of '12 cycle. I graduated in 2004 with a degree in biochemistry from Case Western with a 3.76 GPA. I did all the "typical pre-med" things (volunteered ~75 hrs, shadowed ~450 hrs, worked in a residency office for 3 years, 1 year undergrad research) plus was a varsity athlete for 2 years and then coached high school volleyball when I got injured and couldn't play anymore. It had been my plan since a young age to become a doctor, but during my junior year, I kinda freaked out a little about applying to med school when my friends with better grades, good MCAT scores, boatloads of ECs, etc., were getting rejected. I didn't think I'd cut it in med admissions, so I decided to step back from the clinical medicine route and give something else a try because up until that point I hadn't considered any other career options. After my 1 year of research I (pretty hastily) applied to Ph.D. programs, and ended up at Johns Hopkins. I was kinda luke-warm on a basic science research career to begin with, and I found out pretty quickly that I made a mistake going to grad school instead of med school. I really feel strongly about finishing what I start, so I was planning on finishing the Ph.D. before applying to med school, but after much consideration and talking with professors, I decided that I didn't really have a valid reason to finish, so I'm completing a master's degree and applying to med school. So here are my questions: First, how do I explain this whole issue of my panicking and using grad school as a default route, then ultimately realizing that I would only be happy in a career in clinical medicine? And second, I'm a little concerned about how my grad school grades might affect admissions. The courses for JHU-SOM Ph.D programs are graded really tough... about 10% get A's, 30% get C's and must retake the course, and the remainder get B's. I've never seen my grad school transcript, but I assume my grad GPA to be around a 3.5. While this might seem to be low at other schools, I would say this is above average here. Plus, most of the B's I earned were less than 5% shy of being an A. I'm just afraid that the difference between my undergrad GPA and my grad GPA might cause concerns. Basically, I would just like some feedback on how to address these issues on my application.