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Will 2 master's hurt my chances of MD/PhD?

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  1. cacna1c

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    Hello All,

    I am simply hoping for some honest feedback for my unique (at least to me and to those I've spoken with) situation.

    In undergrad I performed quite well at a state school (3.82 for both science and cum GPAs). I was involved in a lot of teaching activities at my institution and like most premeds I know, thought research wasn't for me without ever trying it. My very last semester I took a research course simulating a lab (design your own experiment to study protein x, come up with a question and hypothesis and professor only nudged not really helped), needless to say it was the BEST thing ever. From that point on I decided I wanted more research experience and that MD/Ph.D. could very well be for me. I am a first-generation URM and have no doctors or scientists in my family so navigating these things have been very much so "oh I could've just done that?" after it was too late (case and point...PREP)

    I did my first masters (one year research-based with thesis) at a top-tier school and did very well (3.82 GPA here as well, oral presentation, poster presentations, and great feedback on thesis and defense). Near the end of this program i decided that pursuing the 2nd master's at another top-tier school (already had accepted year prior and deferred) and doing another master's would benefit me in that I truly wanted to learn the subject and the individual I would be doing research with is amazing in their field. This 2nd program is 2 years, currently have a 4.0 and have been doing research and will be an adjunct next semester. I plan to apply to MD/Ph.D. programs when this is complete (2019 to start 2020) as it is very likely that (if everything goes as plan like it currently is) I should have at least 2 publications. This, however, means I wont be applying until 26 and matriculating at 27.

    Ultimately, I want to know if my age and my two master's may hurt my chances of getting into an MSTP? ( I can give more specifics regarding my decisions if necessary)
     
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  3. Lucca

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    as long as your numbers are there, it wont hold you back. People start at older ages.
     
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    Nope. But it won't necessarily "help" you either. Don't worry about your age. There are people in their mid thirties pursuing post bacc degrees. It's a marathon not a sprint. If this is what you want, then work towards it and do well. Of course judging by your numbers, that doesn't seem like it's a problem for you :)
     
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    Move to Physician scientist forum?
     
  6. cacna1c

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    Thank you for the feedback.
     
  7. cacna1c

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    Thank you. I feel confident presenting myself as an applicant; however, I was just unsure of the impact of age in deciding. It seems that most of the schools I'm interested in have people that came straight from undergrad.
     
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    How do I do that?
     
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    But I'm sure those schools have students that have switched careers, pursued post bacc etc. Don't worry.
     
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  12. eteshoe

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    I was 26 when I started (4 yrs after UG). The only thing I'll say is that you need to understand that the dual degree is ~8+ yrs typically plus residency/fellowship so... keep that in mind.
     
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    You'll have to explain your motivations for the degrees, as with other applicant. Frame your background positively and don't harp on the age thing.

    My MSTP matriculates a wide range of ages including folks who started in their late 20s.
     

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