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  • Liveulife
    Great, that sounds good to me then.
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    May 2013
  • i_wanna_be_Brown
    I did one mock interview prior to real ones but it was by someone who specialized in MD stuff and it wasn't that representative of real interviews. Unless you have access to someone who does MD/PhD interviews take them with a grain of salt.

    You should only pursue activities you're interested in. Quality over quantity. Other than research I basically only had my D1 team, greek life, and teaching at kaplan so it wasn't like I was running around doing all sorts of different things. During my gap year I also started volunteering at a free clinic.
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    May 2013
  • Liveulife
    Thanks for the reply. Those are valuable points that I will carry with me during application cycle come postgrad. By any chance did u do mock interviews prior to ur actual ones? Also in terms of ecs, I know that at most 15 must be listed. I have only one organization, research, and one outside school activity that I can sincerely speak about. What are ur suggestions on adding more activities? I had an interview recently and I've come to notice lately that I constantly talk about the same activities over and over again. This is enough to make me cringe even though I really care about them. I have 2 more years to start doing something I find relatively interesting so I'd like to get started soon.
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    May 2013
  • i_wanna_be_Brown
    3.67 GPA/36 MCAT. I took a gap year during which I was doing research full time but when I first submitted my apps I only had 2 summers and a school year of research. I wouldn't focus too much on pubs, there are so many factors beyond your control and everyone knows that.

    With regard to your research, that's science: 90% failure and a PhD is really just a degree in trouble shooting.

    I don't really think you need a wow factor. Solid research background and clinical exposure are what they are looking for. In your interview you have to demonstrate that you actually understand your research and contribute to it intellectually and are not just a set of hands for someone else. You also need to demonstrate your understanding of what a clinical/physician scientist career entails and why a straight PhD isn't the path for you.

    That's what makes it so competitive, you need to be competitive for both medical school and graduate school but not anything unique per se.
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    May 2013
  • Liveulife
    Hey, I am strongly looking towards md/phd route and wanted to know what ur stats were along with research. I recently read a thread where uh ad commented and I was just wondering. I will probably do a scientific job after grad and will research to hopefully get some strong foundation on publications, although I'm doubtful of any since my current research is very problem prone. As in whenever I improve some aspect of it, it retaliates and displays another problem. I am not sure if I will continue any longer with it after 2 years but wud that put me at a disadvantage? Should i atleast try a poster presentation for it? What do u think was ur wow factor? I'm hoping it will be my clinically focused job post grad, but am not sure what else to do since the md/phd programs are pretty competitive.
    Thanks for any responses.
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    May 2013