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School Selection - Help Wanted

Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by xygplat, Jun 13, 2008.

  1. xygplat

    xygplat 2+ Year Member

    Jun 1, 2008
    I'm applying MD/PhD (to every school I apply to) but wanted to get the viewpoint from the pre-allo side of it too.

    I've narrowed my school list down to 34 schools. they all have comp bio programs within the md/phd program.

    Is this a balanced list of schools? Any sugestions on schools to remove from the list (I'm having a tough time with that obviously)? I'll probably end up applying to about 20-30 schools.

    Decent state school
    GPA: 3.9
    MCAT: 34Q
    Major: Computer Science and Molec. Bio
    PhD Interest: Computational Biology

    Research: 5 summers (full time) + 4 semesters (10-15 hrs per week) + 2 more semesters next school year. Worked in 4 seperate labs in this time. Few abstracts & posters. One 6th-author pub (just was helping out) and hopefully a 1st author in the fall or so. 2 summers were basic science research; rest was computational

    EC: volunteering, just a little clinical (about a month of shadowing during school year, volunteering 4hrs a week in an ER this summer), music, leadership

    Univ. of Alabama
    Univ. of Arizona
    Univ. of Colorado
    Univ. of Illinois at Chicago
    Johns Hopkins
    Univ. of Michigan
    Washington Univ. - STL
    Univ. of Rochester
    Stony Brook
    UNC - Chapel Hill
    Univ. of Cincinnati
    Penn State
    Univ. of Pennsylvania
    Univ. of Pittsburgh
    UT Southwestern
    Univ. of Virginia
    Univ. of Washington
    Univ. of Wisconsin
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2008
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  3. xygplat

    xygplat 2+ Year Member

    Jun 1, 2008
    looks like this fell to the second page...

  4. abcabc1

    abcabc1 2+ Year Member

    Apr 21, 2008
    Are you a Cali resident?

    The list is good, but it's pretty top heavy.
  5. xygplat

    xygplat 2+ Year Member

    Jun 1, 2008
    thanks for the response

    not a cali resident

    yea - its kinda top heavy

    thats mainly because most of the programs that have their own grad level comp bio dept are the "top" programs
  6. Phoenix.

    Phoenix. Emdee Jaydee Moderator Emeritus Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Jun 29, 2005
    Which state are you a resident of?

    Anyway, I really don't know much about MD/PhD applications/standards. If you were applying MD alone, I'd really worry about your minimal clinical experience. But perhaps they cut MD/PhD students some slack there.

    Also, I could be wrong, but I'm guessing some state schools that otherwise don't really accept OOS applicants might consider MD/PhD applicants? I'd definitely check into that if I were you. Because otherwise, I'd say getting into Arizona, Colorado and Univ. of Washington would be really really rough (if not impossible) OOS. On the other hand, I have read that Washington does take some OOS applicants that show a real dedication to serving the underserved. Perhaps they have an MD/PhD OOS exception as well.

    Good luck - I'm sure you'll do quite well this year.
  7. abcabc1

    abcabc1 2+ Year Member

    Apr 21, 2008
    I wouldn't worry too much about the minimal clinical experience. The volunteering will help, so will the research. With your scores, clinical experience won't matter much. My sense is that it's not a big factor; have some shadowing, some volunteering (the basic stuff that every other Joe Schmo has) and you're fine (so long s your numbers are there).

    Besides your home state, can you provide the breakdown of your MCAT scores and your BCMP GPA?

    If you're somewhat limited to schools with Graduate programs Computational Biology (and that's your interests), then you're somewhat limited to schools with Graduate programs in Computational Biology. There's not much anyone can do about that. You have a very good application and I agree that you'll be quite successful in your applications. Good luck!
  8. xygplat

    xygplat 2+ Year Member

    Jun 1, 2008
    Arizona resident, but MD/PhD programs dont show much preference for in-state compared to MD programs

    Home state: AZ
    MCAT = 34Q (13B, 11P, 10V)
    GPA and BCPM GPA are ~3.92 I think

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