In terms of getting experience in the profession, is shadowing enough to please the admissions folks, or do I need to do some volunteer work also? My background is not unusual- out of college and working full time. I like the idea of shadowing because you get to experience what a doc does behind the door, and you may get the doc to right a recommendation-you get a much better feel of what med is about. I'm not too crazy about the volunteer thing. Not that I mind pushing patients around or whatever, but I get little or no insight into what it's like to be a doc. In short, shadowing gives me "MD experience" and most other volunteer work gives me "hospital experience". If all I have is time shadowing doctors, will they hold it against me if I have little or no "general" volunteer experience? Thanks for any helpful replies.