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MD PhD Guide: On The Road to Medical Science

Acknowledgements

  1. Introduction
    • Why this Guidebook?
    • Into the New Era: Training Medical Scientists
    • Uniqueness of M.D./Ph.D. Admissions
    • How the Guidebook is Organized
  2. Medicine and Science
  3. M.D./Ph.D. vs. MSTP
  4. Program of Study
    • A View of the Pathway: There and Back Again
    • Years 1-2: Basic Medical Sciences
    • Years 3-5 (or more): Graduate School and Thesis Research
    • Years 6-7: Clinical Clerkships
    • Transition Points: A Game of Ping-Pong
  5. Admissions Criteria
    • Grades
    • Standardized Test Scores
    • Choice of Major and Coursework
    • Research Experience
    • Extracurricular Activities
    • Personal Attributes Women and Minorities
  6. Application Process
    • AMCAS: Laying the Foundation
    • Secondaries
    • The M.D./Ph.D. Application
    • Letters of Recommendation
  7. Interviews
    • Overview
    • Scheduling
    • The Interview
  8. Admissions decisions
    • Selection Factors
    • Acceptance, Waitlist, or Rejection
  9. Choosing a school
    • Location, Location, Location
    • Strength of the Graduate and Medical Programs
    • Program Integration
    • Program Length
  10. Dropping the MD or PhD
    • Factors
    • Payback
    • Exercise Caution!
  11. Getting Prepared
  12. During the program
  13. Post-Graduation
  • Appendices
  • A: Abbreviations
  • B: Course of Study: Streamlining the Program
  • C: Useful Web Sites
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