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- Oct 14, 2011
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Dear SDN Consultants,
I am a international student looking at MD-PhD (also considering MD/DO) programs in the upcoming 20-21 cycle. Is there any chances I would get into any program at all with the status below? What schools would you suggest?
1. Female, asian, international, undergrad is a state school
2. sGPA 3.88 cGPA 3.90 MCAT 515
3. research experience: I'm in two different labs for two years, co-author for one publication and one conference submission, many poster presentations
4. clinical volunteer: 150hrs at the university's hospital, 20hr at a mobile clinic
5. nonclinical volunteer: will have 100hrs at a shelter house when I apply (just started this semester so may get labeled as box-checker?)
6. shadowing: 40hrs with a surgeon
7: leadership: ambassador for the university's undergraduate research center, unit mentor for the ECT unit volunteers
My problem is that my application is so generic. Pretty much all of my stats are somewhat weak and I know that MD-PhD programs are pretty competitive. The other thing is that I have limited school options as an international student. So will I get into any MD-PhD or even MD/DO programs at all? Thank you so much!
Shadowing seems really low (just 40?) so could you be more specific regarding your clinical volunteering roles and your interactions with physicians in those roles. Did the surgeon you shadowed do research as well?
On the research side of things, why are you interested in MD/PhD, and what would you see yourself doing 15 years out? What is the importance of clinical/translational research in the way you look at your career?
Have you talked with MD/PhD students, especially those who are not US citizens as yourself? What are the specific challenges they have experienced as international students supported by NIH training grant funds? How much have you read about physician-scientist training programs and careers? Have you networked with the national MD/PhD student conference?