Quantifying Research Time

Discussion in 'Physician Scientists' started by yawkeyway, Apr 18, 2012.

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  1. yawkeyway

    yawkeyway 5+ Year Member

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    Regarding research time, Neuronix gave the guideline:

    "Research Experience -- Excellent 4+ years, Ok 2+"

    How does one factor, for instance, a NIH postbac year into this? By the time you apply for MSTP, you will have hardly started at the NIH!
     
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  3. StoicJosher

    StoicJosher Reality?? Check. Lifetime Donor 2+ Year Member

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    I would go by the time you have already completed and not what you have planned in the future. You could, of course, state your intentions about the NIH postbac.
     
  4. delirium81

    delirium81 7+ Year Member

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    Pretty much. The proof is in the pudding, and when screeners are reading apps they don't care that much about trying to predict what the pudding might taste like in the future. If your research experience is skimpy without the addition of that NIH post-bac year, then I would recommend waiting a year to apply. If it's not skimpy, then you don't have anything to worry about.
     
  5. Neuronix

    Neuronix Total nerd SDN Advisor SDN Administrator 10+ Year Member

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    I would say it depends how much experience and what letters you already have. If this is your first research experience, you will need to take another year out. If you already have 2 years and good letters, you should apply even though you won't be far into your NIH experience.
     
  6. yawkeyway

    yawkeyway 5+ Year Member

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    Thanks guys. When I begin the postbac year I will already have 2 full years + 2 summers under my belt. I was trying to figure out how it would count within the guidelines for admissions chances/school selection/etc...
     
  7. Neuronix

    Neuronix Total nerd SDN Advisor SDN Administrator 10+ Year Member

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    It's going to depend on the rest of your app. If your GPA and MCAT are excellent category and you are a US citizen, shoot for top-20.
     

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