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Summer Plans, Need your advice.

Discussion in 'Physician Scientists' started by marctam86, Mar 6, 2007.

  1. marctam86

    marctam86 registered user 10+ Year Member

    Jan 4, 2004
    Ok, here's my situation. I was notified that I got into a SURP (summer undergrad research program) at Mount Sinai. If I accept the position, they said they will consider me for early admission into their mdphd program, which is great, because i want to do mdphd and stay in new york. admission is not guarenteed, though, you are only considered (you dont need to submit MCAT).

    but i was also notified (informally by the lab i applied to, the official notice comes out in a few days) that i was accepted into the DAAD (National german exchange service agency) summer internship program, and that my university would cover my flight and rent with a travel fellowship.

    Im not sure which to choose. MSTP spots are coveted items, and part of me thinks it would be foolish to pass up an opportunity like that. But I also want to go to Germany, and work in a lab there.

    what do you think? does the chance of getting an MSTP spot outweigh the benefit of researching abroad under a fellowship? its a nice problem to have. im really interested in hearing what you have to say, the advice in this forum is usually dead-on. thanks!
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  3. Dr.Watson

    Dr.Watson 2+ Year Member

    Oct 11, 2006
    Go abroad. It's not a sure thing and if you're a strong applicant, you'll end up with some choices for MSTPs anyway.
  4. j-weezy

    j-weezy MS1 2+ Year Member

    Aug 9, 2006
  5. Tupais


    Sep 5, 2006
    If you want to visit Germany, take the DAAD. It'll look awsome enough that it will outweight the early admission possibility anyway. You'll be spending the next 7-9 years in NYC, so see what it's like to live elsewhere. Being that you got both of these grants, I think it's easy to say that you'll have options.
  6. chirurgino

    chirurgino A pound of flesh 2+ Year Member

    Oct 21, 2006
    The dark side of the moon
    I have to disagree. If you really have the opportunity to possibly get in early into an MSTP here, I think you have to take it, especially since you're focused on NYC. Graduate, then go take the whole summer and relax in Germany after you get in.
  7. ThatOne

    ThatOne New Member 2+ Year Member

    Jun 13, 2006
    NYC has 5 MSTP programs -- I'd say go abroad and have some fun if you're MCATs and GPA and research experiences already mark you as a strong candidate
  8. marctam86

    marctam86 registered user 10+ Year Member

    Jan 4, 2004
    i think my gpa is above the avg for the nyc programs, and ive loads of research exp, just my MCAT worries me now. im taking it in may.

    i emailed the MSSM people to see how many people would be offered an MSTP spot from the program. That info should help me decide. If I stand a reasonable shot at getting a MSTP shot that way, ill do it, otherwise, im leaning towards the lab job abroad.
  9. totalcommand

    totalcommand Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Jul 26, 2005
    Wow, please go abroad. You only get a few opportunities like that in a lifetime, and to do it under a fellowship - well that's just awesome.

    Doing that fellowship abroad will help you at all schools in New York, not just Mount Sinai.
  10. marctam86

    marctam86 registered user 10+ Year Member

    Jan 4, 2004
    ok, good advice, looks like im going to germany

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