So I'm challenging the CNA test at some point this month with the plan of gaining clinical experience working part time in that capacity. I've just finished all of my paperwork to volunteer with a local hospice in "11th Hour", basically spending time with terminal residents who are in the process of passing away. I'm trying to ensure I get as well rounded as possible when it comes to EC's and experience, but I'm curious about a few things. 1) Would personal hobbies that I pursue like scuba diving, jiujutsu, and long-distance/marathon running be beneficial to my eventual application? 2) What can I do as a pre-med/psychology student at a smaller school to gain research experience? Is lack of research experience an application killer? 3) Is the best way to find a doctor to shadow simply cold calling? I don't have a GP right now, and I'm more interested in emergency medicine and infectious disease, do I just call around and ask if I can shadow? I utilized the search function and found some vague answers that only partially answered some of my questions. Any answers or advice you have would be greatly appreciated. THANKS!