Hello. I'm a junior with plans to apply to medical school next summer. Should I consider applying to out-of-state public schools or stick with only in-state public schools and go for the out-of-state privates (even though they are more prestigious) because of the favor given to students who reside in the state in which the school is? Sorry, I hope the above question is clear. Secondly...to get an interview at an average medical school, I know that there aren't any set MCAT and GPA cut-offs. But for those on this board who have applied and gotten interviews, what kinds of stats do you have? How much of an edge does research experience give a candidate? As far as volunteering in a clinical setting goes, how many hours are considered "sufficient"? What about observation hours? Does that help? Thanks!