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Research then MD

Discussion in 'Student Research and Publishing' started by user003, Jul 30, 2011.

  1. user003

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    I currently work as a research assistant at a research oriented medical school, and I'm planning on applying there in 2012 pending my MCAT score :help:. I was wondering whether a university favors applicants who have worked as RAs there? Or is all research experience the same in the eyes of the admission committy?
     
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  3. nysw

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    I don't think it gives you a considerable leg up. It might help get your foot kind of in the door (if GPA & MCAT are competitive) for an interview b/c you're somewhat familiar with the institution, but I don't think schools favor their RAs.
     
  4. jmt1984

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    I don't think that it necessarily gives you an advantage, but if you've made considerable contacts there and have letters of recommendations from them, most schools will regard a letter from a current faculty member as 'safer' than someone they have never met.
     

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