hey all - I currently am working on a research project that just got a large, 4-year grant. My PI is happy with my work, and is encouraging me to think about doing a PhD in his lab (he has funding for me). Now that I've just been accepted to my state medical school (MD only), I can start thinking seriously about this. I've talked briefly with the MD/PhD office, and have been told that the chances of me getting an MSTP slot are slim - there aren't many spots for people after their first year, and my stats don't compare favorably to the averages. So I can't count on the MSTP. Would you guys do a non-funded MD/PhD? Would simply doing a year or two of research be almost as useful as the PhD? Any insight would be greatly appreciated.