Yes, you could use your medical school letters to complete the recommendation letter requirement. However, since MD and PhD programs are generally quite different, we would have to advise against it.
Thank you - we’re very glad that you’re finding the blog helpful!
To answer your question, you would not need to send in your junior college transcripts, just your MBBS transcripts.
BGS faculty will be attending two events in October and November (see below) and we may also be attending the 2014 Biomed Virtual Graduate School Fair in Sept. and/or Oct. We will post this information on our website as soon as it is confirmed.
1. Society for the Advancement of Native Americans and Chicanos in Science (SACNAS), October 3-6, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.
2. Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), Nov. 13 - 16, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee.
It is difficult to say how competitive your application would be with the information provided. As you noted, a 3.45 GPA is below our average but it is not a low GPA. Taking graduate level classes could help strengthen your application as would having higher than average GRE scores (it may also help with some BGS groups to take certain GRE Subject tests - check the “Admission” page of the respective group website for more information). But the most important important thing is having strong research experience with supporting letter(s) of recommendation, and being able to write about it clearly in your application.
For your reference, here are the average GRE scores for this year’s accepted students:
GRE: 85% Verbal, 83% Quantitative, 4.5 Writing
The admissions committee will review all grades included in your application and you can submit an unofficial transcript with your fall grades if the official version isn’t available at that time.
It really depends on which group you are looking at. It will never hurt you to have a good score, but it might help you more for some graduate groups than others.
You can check the Admission pages on our graduate group websites to see what GRE Subject exams they want or like to see (if any).
It would depend on a number of things, including when you graduated, what sort of work you have been doing in the absence of a institute/lab doing basic research, and to which group you are planning to apply.
Our graduate groups do look for applicants with significant research experience but we do, of course, accept many students who are just graduating (and so haven’t had the opportunity to gain additional post-graduation research experience).
I think most faculty would want to see that you are working in a research-related field or taking graduate-level coursework even if you are not currently able to work in a lab.
Like most BGS programs, the Pharmacology PhD program (there’s no terminal MS program) requires an “adequate background in physical or natural science” - essentially Chemistry, Biology and Physics or Mathematics. The core premed courses your taking should be fine, just remember that it is also very important that you have sufficient research experience.
It depends on the graduate group, but generally between 1-3 weeks.