Hi everyone! Been posting mostly on the post-bac forum and reading your guys' posts here. Congrats to everyone who are getting acceptances right now! very inspiring!!! I'm planning to start a postbac program this coming summer. I am no longer working and looking to spend the next 6 months doing clinical research or clinical volunteer work. I really want to make the most out of my time during these next 6 months before I become a full time student to get as much clinical exposure (benefits me to determine my own commitment to medicine and my med school apps down the road). Does anyone have any advice into what I should be doing the next 6 months? I know the general drill - shadowing, volunteering at hospitals etc... but does anyone have any more specific advice in terms of what I should be looking out for, things to consider or make a note of etc? Also will any researchers take me onto their team if I have no lab experience and can only work with them for 6 months? Do I HAVE to have research under my belt if I want to apply to the top schools? I've sent out a lot of e-mails trying to find some opportunities and am still waiting to hear back from all the people I emailed. I'm a little disappointed that I haven't heard anything back but I'm hoping it's because last week was a holiday week. As a side note, I did a ton of public health type volunteer work in college, which included a lot of leadership positions. So I'm looking more for "clinical" work... Thanks very much!!!