So this is a question regarding whether the following is smart or not. I applied extremely late this year (primary submitted on 9/18), with decent stats 3.7 cGPA (in applied Math/CS), 3.6sGPA, 30M(11,9,10). My clinical experience is sub-par (but not non-existent), I have a whole bunch of leadership things, and as far as research goes I have pubs. I know it's too early to give-up (and I haven't... I still have hope). However, if by chance I wait till May, and then find myself without acceptances, reapplication next year might not really be that much stronger beyond the fact that I apply early (since I have about a month to do something). In order to better plan for this contingency, I read the FAQ at the top of this sub-forum, and decided I need to start beefing up my app right away. I began hospital volunteering last month, where I push patients around in a wheelchair and also help discharge them. I am now looking into a "Patient Care Technician" job, for the upcoming year. I figure this would help me kill two birds with one stone, in that I get valuable clinical experience AND have a job. Has anyone done this? Are there other things someone can please recommend I do? Thanks.