Hi, I'm a junior at UMich and am applying to MSTPs this summer. I have a 3.82 in biochemisty, 31 MCAT (9V 11P, BS), have been doing research for the past two years, volunteered at our hospital for the last year, have been a red cross first aid volunteer at sporting events for the last two years, and have been involved in several clubs etc here. I am getting my degree in three years, I'm finishing my second year now, so i've been rushing through stuff, including having taken the MCAT the summer after my first year here. I honestly don't believe that I could improve that much on the MCAT; I suck at standardized tests. I met with a biochem advisor yesterday who used to be on the Umich MSTP committee and he told me that I'm not a competitive MSTP applicant. I'm dedicated to the MD/PhD route and was wondering how important the MCAT is to getting in and what are my options if I don't get in. Would it be better to go to a top ten school, such as Michigan and apply to the MSTP as a second year or if I get accepted to a lower school's MSTP should I go there? Am I even competitive to get into a top school (other than Mich) for just a MD? I want to pursue a PhD in biochemistry, so are there any MSTPs that have good Biochem departments that I'm actually competitive for? My advisor mentioned applying to the University of Wash WAMI program (where you do clinicals in one of the neighboring states?), becuase then I might be competitive. I'd also like to move out west becuase I'm a huge outdoors person. According to most of the people I've asked here, the school you go to is very important. If anyone else who has been in my situation could give me some advise, I'd greatly appreciate it!!!