So these may be stupid but my pre med adviser is no help, so a couple of general questions on the MCAT and applications:
- Does it matter how many times you take it? Obviously I'm aiming for once but do med schools know how many times you've taken it like with the SAT?
- Can you super score? Again like the SAT, or is it each test individually
- I've been reading MCATS scores last for 3 years and it's highly recommended to take the new one, but does having a score that's closer to when you apply help in any way?
- What's the best sort of hands on experience to have? (I've worked/am working as a CNA and volunteer in ER registration), but is there a preference as to which counts more
- Also what exactly constitutes patient contact experience?- In the ER I just band patients, get signatures and just get/put away supplies for the nurses, but does patient experience mean something requiring some sort of licensure like with CNAs, EMTs, PCTs, etc.
- Do most people take gap years and does it hurt?- I probably won't be able to apply in my junior year b/c of how much my major + the pre med classes are requiring and I'd like to work for a year, but does it hurt (I'll have a lot of patient contact in that year)
- Does patient contact have to be volunteering to count? (I still have a volunteer hours, just my patient contact is mostly coming from work)
- Does shadowing help?- I've done so once a while ago, but I honestly find it useless since I'm not allowed to do much.