In the chance that I get waitlisted for a year, I'm looking to do something productive. A few students that I know are applying to MD/PhD programs. Should I consider applying now to a PhD program in case I'm waitlisted? I really don't want to do both, but if I'm going to sit around a year, then I'd be willing to spend some time with it. I'm guessing it'll also look like I'm taking classes that might make medical school an easier transition. My ultimate goal is to be a clinical practitioner and to do research on the side. I know I won't "have to" have a PhD to do medical research part-time. Is it worth the applications process? If I apply to MD/PhD programs will they consider me for either position seperately? If I do a PhD program, I'm looking at microbiology/genetics or neuroscience. Any suggestions?