I was reading a similar post about "clinical experience" --- my question is not whether it is important to have clinical experience before applying to med school, but what exactly the best type of experience is to have. My pre-med advisor told me that clinical experience had to be in an in-patient setting, however I was hoping to do my clinical volunteering in low-income out-patient clinic. I was advised against this. How important is it to be in an in-patient setting (i.e. a major hospital)? I had been under the impression that as long as you were in a setting where doctors and patients were interacting, and you had some contact with patients and were able to assimilate a good understanding of what being a doctor entails, you were doing well for yourself. Do you guys have any suggestions? It seems that "clinical experience" is a vital part of any application.