Hey everyone, there's an issue that has been bothering me for some time: I know that clinical work is important as far as showing your interests in medicine and a long commitment is usually desired. I was planning on applying by this summer after taking the MCAT and finishing my 3rd year. My concern is the fact that I have no clinical experience at all, although working at a hospital or clinic has been on my list of priorities for some time. Before you comment about that, I have been heavily involved in research on my campus - hence the "lopsidedness". I have been in a lab since the middle of my freshman year, have given presentations at symposiums, done poster presentations at national conferences, and have even won the top award at one. I also have been given a leadership position over the other undergrads in my lab (even though some have been there longer than I have). I am in line for a publication as well. I currently put in about 15 hours a week there. I am actively looking at several clinics by my school that serve to the underprivileged and am really interested in their goals. Would it seem like a last ditch effort if I was to start working there for only 5-6 months and then apply? I would like to continue with both the lab and clinic until I graduate, so the potential for the time commitment is there. For reference, I have 3.82 overall GPA at a UC school and have been given numerous academic awards as well as been involved in the Greek system on my campus. Considering these things, would there also be chance that I need to take a year off to continue with the clinical work and get more involved elsewhere? This route was not something I had planned, but I knew had a great possibility of happening. How does mentoring younger undergrads look? I could join a mentoring program on my campus. Everything just rushed up to my neck all of a sudden, I don't even know where the time went.. haha. Thanks in advance for your responses.