Hi all. it's been a long time since I've posted. Alright, so here's my question: I am a junior going to be taking the MCAT in May. My schedule for next semester is not too difficult: Neuroscience 2 (my major) and Cell Biology are my only two science classes, along with three liberal eds. Anyways, my Tuesdays and Thursdays are pretty much wide open, and someone recommended to me that I apply at a local hospital as a Research Associate at a local hospital. I would be doing mostly data entry volunteer work, but would be exposed to everything in the ER and get to know doctors, according to my lab partner. Here is their website: http://www.hcmced.org/ It is an 8 hour time commitment plus 1 hour each way in travel. One side of me thinks this would be a great experience because I would get time in the ER. On the other hand, I already am a CNA at a nursing home with over 1500 hours of working, have volunteered at a hospital since high school (over 400 hours total, but not too many since becoming an NA). Also, I volunteer heavily in areas outside of medicine, including interning for Barack Obama's campaign during the primary and general, and being a volunteer at the local radio station for over three semesters now. My GPA is 3.59, and went down last year because of ochem/physics (b average in both). My GPA for this semester should be mostly A's/A-'s in Biochem, Neuro, Physiology and directed Research. I should also say that I have only shadowed two doctors. What do you guys think? Have any of you done a similar type of volunteer work? Would it be worth my tuesday and thursday afternoons or would it be time better spent studying for the MCAT and trying to raise my GPA?