.- I know it's still very early in the game for me (no MCAT scores, science grades...), but do you think my track switch would be looked upon positively or negatively?
As long as you show a passion for medicine, it should not matter.
- How important is the prestige of an undergrad institution to admissions committees? Is fulfilling my prereqs at Iowa a bad idea?
It is not important at all.
- How do schools feel about someone with goals as specific as mine? Is it okay to favor a specialty like psychiatry?
It is fine, just realize there is a good chance you will change your mind when you are exposed to all aspects of medicine.
- Does anyone know how prepared I'd have to be on the anthropology front? I've taken several classes already and could easily earn a minor in two years... would that be enough? (Websites aren't too clear about this.)
I was not aware of anthropology being important. If you mean biology, as long as you take the pre-reqs, and do well in them, you will be fine.
- Again, a little early, but any recommendations in terms of good programs, websites, etc. for someone with my interests? Or just general advice and opinions on an MD/PhD in Medical Anthropology or academic medicine in general?
Here is a good website for you.
Being from the midwest, but not from Iowa, I can assure you that UIowa is a well-regarded institution. Further, their medical school is highly regarded.- How important is the prestige of an undergrad institution to admissions committees? Is fulfilling my prereqs at Iowa a bad idea?