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Admission requirements vary by MD/PhD program. Generally, a successful MD/PhD candidate has research experience in a basic science field. Without research experience, it is difficult to fully understand what a PhD degree entails.
Admission requirements vary by MD/PhD program. Generally, a successful MD/PhD candidate has significant research experience in a basic science field. There are several ways to gain research experience. First, most major universities have available student research positions. Second, there exist summer programs designed to introduce and expose students to research. In addition to research experience, exposure to clinical medicine may be necessary.
The initial admissions process is similar to that of MD-only programs. In general, applicants will want to create an account with the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). This is a commonly used services and many medical schools require you to use it in order to transmit your information to their school. Applicants should verify with the schools to which they intend to apply if they must file an AMCAS application. Some institutions require applicants to complete a primary application for their institution after completing the AMCAS application.
At this point, the admissions processes vary drastically. Some programs will review this primary application and invite you to interview, while others will request more information from you before making their decision. Most programs require you submit at least 3 letters of recommendation from faculty members from whom you've taken courses or from past or current research advisors. Application procedures vary by institution. You must contact the institutions (via their website, phone, or email) individually to learn more about their admission procedures.
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