I am currently entering my third year as a Chemical Engineer at the University of Florida, and have decided that I want to persue medicine (has always been a desire of mine, and recent events/speaking to people have made me decide to go for it). Where I stand: I currently have a pretty high GPA (3.87) and have completed 1 year General Chemistry and 1 year Physics. Unfortunately I will need to retake my one year of Bio (AP'd out of it with a 5 but I understand medschools prefer a college level course). I also still have to take the Organics. As far as extra-curricular type things, I just spent a semester in Korea on a research/exchange program (more exchange than research) and am about to spend my fall in Japan on a full time research program (exciting!). Aside from that, I've done 2 other semesters of research (chemical engineering with a biological emphasis). Spent a semester as an RA as well (does this count as leadership or is it more a club based thing?) The problems: Now, since I'll be gone for a semester I'll need to kick it into high gear to play a bit of catch up, which means spending next summer taking classes and possibly overloading myself with difficult courses. Since at BEST I can have my year of Bio + Organics completed by the end of the summer (I would be taking other classes in the summer as well) I don't think I'll have too much time to study for the MCAT. Should I just plan to take the MCAT summer of my senior year and apply for '10 instead of '09, and also spread out my courses a bit? Does spending an extra semester or two have a negative impact on my application? What I should do: I see a lot of people mentioning how important research/EC's are, should I be looking to do more health-related research or is engineering research fine? Also what else should I be doing? Thanks for your time, this isn't a "look what I've done tell me how great I am" kind of thread, I know I'm on the right track, I just want to know what else I should be doing.