If you had a choice of starting out outright at Michigan MSTP, or at Stanford as a MD student and then joining the MSTP later (I heard this is pretty easy-it may not be MSTP but they'll find a way to let u do a PhD), what would u do? Obviously if u chooose stanford you'll be paying for first and maybe second yr tuition. Stanford MSTP is very highly respected, but Michigan's MSTP isn't shabby either. They both have outstanding research. In terms of "opening more doors", would one edge the other? OR at this level it really isn't the school but YOU who makes the difference?