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Full Member
2+ Year Member
Jan 19, 2017
cGPA: 3.796
sGPA: 3.66
MCAT: 520
White, Michigan resident

Research - ~2400 hours. 1 first-author publication. 1 conference presentation. Projected around 3800-4000 hours by matriculation (application year spent in lab)

Non-clinical volunteering - 200 hours so far, projected 300-320 by matriculation (over 2 years, had to stop due to COVID)

Clinical volunteering - 200 hours in PT and ED departments. Lots of patient interaction in both. (Over 2 years, stopped due to COVID)

Employment - Caregiver for a family member. (3 years)
Lab assistant (media and glassware prep, 3 years)

Shadowing - 50 hours with a PCP.

EC - Theater club on campus. General board member (director, stage manager, producer). Elected board member (Conflict Resolution Chair). Involved all 4 years.

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MSTP Director
10+ Year Member
Oct 11, 2007
TEXAS (Eden)
  1. Attending Physician
State of residency does not matter for MD/PhD programs.

You will get a lot of interest from many good programs. Have a mixture of about 20 programs to allow you choices with 5-10 dream, 5 match and 5-10 less competitive MSTPs.

This is what I recommend... Examine your list against these resources on MSTP competitiveness and your Research area of interest. You should begin by making a list of matriculants/applicants of all MD/PhD programs by downloading the AAMC Table B-8 excel spreadsheet from this AAMC link. Then, highlight all of the currently funded MSTP programs. This exercise gives you an idea of how competitive some MSTP programs are relative to others. You will be surprised that some schools with significant name have marginal MD/PhD programs. You seem to already have selected your dream schools, now I suggest to only apply to programs that have at least 5 or 6 first-year slots among MSTPs that are less competitive (i.e.: less applicants/slot). We have to report to NIH (in our training tables) our applicant and matriculant Undergraduate cGPA range and mean. To have choices, you should have 10 dream programs (perhaps top 20 overall but with terrific program in your area of interest), another 5-10 match programs that are less competitive but have outstanding program in your area of interest. You should include a few, perhaps 5 of the less competitive MSTPs with class size of 5 or larger. You will have choices.... at some point, you might even triage interviews.
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