27 y.o. pre-med here. I have 2 years of experience working in a medically-oriented group home while in college and 5 years of experience working full-time in an in-patient mental health unit as a psych-tech in a hospital since graduating from undergrad in 2010. My GPA is solid (3.92) and I have performed strongly on standardized tests in the past. I have started to shadow doctors and will be setting up more shadowing. Do I need to be volunteering or is my work experience enough? I spent the past 2 months volunteering 3 hours a week in a hospital but quit because it just felt so redundant with the experience I already have. Should I be seeking out some non health-care volunteer experience or is this unnecessary? I have no desire to do so but I will definitely do it if it is a hoop that I must jump through... I am also not interested in research at all.
My goal is to become a psychiatrist. I will be applying to a mix of MD/DO programs next year but am leaning more toward the DO side.