I am hoping for some advice to determine if it is still reasonable to begin applying to medical schools this late in the application cycle. A little background on myself: I graduate from Georgia Tech in 2012 with a B.S in Mechanical Engineering. I have spent the past several years as a corporate engineer. I have yet to begin studying for the MCAT. Assuming I start tomorrow, this would give me roughly six weeks to prepare for the last MCAT exam date this year, September 23. Is it reasonable to do well on the MCAT with such a condensed study schedule. Another concern is my lack of volunteer/shadowing hours, which is no existent in my case. I would plan to get a volunteer position ASAP so that I could have some experience to talk about during the interviews. A few other considerations: I am still lacking chemistry and biology prerequisites, but I could complete these prior to matriculating in the Fall of 2016. I have a year of undergraduate research experience, which I believe medical schools like. Lastly, I feel that I would not have strong Letters of Evaluation, as I haven't maintained contact with my undergraduate professors since graduating. It seems that it would be best to wait till next years application cycle, meaning a Fall 2017 matriculation. However, the idea of waiting two years from today to begin medical school is very unappealing. If anyone believes I still have a shot at this years application cycle, I would very much appreciate your thoughts.