Hi, I am an M1 in the MD/PhD program and for many reasons, I really want to do my PhD between M1 and M2. I've talked to both MD/PhD directors that agree that this is a viable possibility, my future PI would prefer it, and students further along in the program think it is both doable and many wished they'd done the same. The red tape for doing this is going to be the dean of the medical school with whom I've set up a meeting at the end of this month and hearing that he can be stubborn with policy changes, want to bring in a thorough report to convince him. I've currently researched step 1 score creep, USMLE completion time limits, and non-traditional approaches to two of our previous MD/PhD students. I'm now trying to seek out people that did this approach or programs that allow this option to better support my case. It seems like Urbana Champaign has a more integrated M1-PhD phase before starting the rest of medical school but that's as far as I've been able to dig up currently. Can anyone help me?