University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Amy Shot For The Stars As An MD/PhD Candidate And Landed At Perelman/UPenn Med

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Amy’s heart was set on a career as a clinician investigator, a lofty goal as she didn’t know how competitive her application would be coming from a large state school.
She sought Inspira’s all-inclusive 30 school package to work with admissions consultants who not only have deep expertise in medical school, but are also actively engaged in research to help guide her as a future academic physician.
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Cancer Biology


It’s no secret that the cohort of applicants applying as MD/PhDs tend to be themost competitive in the country. In addition to a tuition-free acceptance,MD/PhDs are highly sought after for competitive residencies and academicpositions at top hospitals throughout the country. Medical schools are lookingfor candidates who have the fortitude and track record of excellence to committo important careers at a young age. Candidates like Amy choose to work withInspira to help them get a competitive edge when the stakes are at theirhighest.

How Did Inspira Advantage Help?

Evening Out The Playing Field

Candidates from state schools can often psych themselves out about thecompetition for highly selective programs. Yet, all of Inspira’s consultants havefirsthand experience of times when admission committees go with exceptionalcandidates from every kind of undergraduate background. Medical schoolsknow state schools can be breeding grounds for superstar students.

The big question is whether any candidate's application can display thatexceptionalism to committees. Amy worked closely with her team at Inspira todo just that. From every research experience to clinical opportunity, no stonewas left unturned when it came to putting Amy’s potential on display.

Making Research Real

Amy knew that getting into an MD/PhD program takes more than convincingthe admissions committee she was going to be a great clinician; she neededto convince the researchers she was a great investigator too. This is whereInspira’s advantage really comes into play: our consultants know how clinicianinvestigators think because many happen to be clinical investigatorsthemselves.

From essays to interview prep, Amy was guided on how to present herselfamongst experienced physician scientists. Furthermore, she was prepared onhow best to find connections between her current research and the workbeing done at specific labs across various medical schools.


Amy had applied to 30 MD/PhD programs. She was accepted into 11 schools,5 of them being an MD/PhD program including UCLA, Emory, UPenn,Dartmouth and UCSF. She chose to attend UPenn.

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