I'm thinking about applying in the next cycle, but am not opposed to waiting an extra year. Here it goes: graduated in 07 with a 3.299 gpa (unsure as to science gpa, but thinking it's a little bit lower). competitive school, but no excuse. Took all prereqs but organic chem lab and physics lab. I am confident I can explain this well, but briefly: immaturity, lack of direction, and some misguided sense of rebellion involved in 3 labs in college (psychology and neuropsychology, but with patient populations.) Co-author on one pub, and one's under review, but I'm expecting it to be accepted. Really, really enjoy research worked as a tech in a behavioral neuroscience lab for about a year (different school). no pubs from this. 1 year volunteering as a DJ for local radio station (community service?) 6 months volunteering at youth homeless shelter >1 year volunteering as clinic/medical assistant at family planning clinic, mostly staffed with nurse practitioners. Volunteered for said family planning clinic also as an escort (block protesters and make clinic more welcoming for patients) and also lobbied for pro-choice issues with this group - including phone banking, tabling, talking to people at large events, etc. about 3 months volunteering in ED (about 3-4 hours/week). Did not like this so much. Was pretty bored and felt kind of useless, though I became an expert at getting patients blankets and snacks) Since graduating, i've taken a pharmacology class and o chem lab I (As in both, hoping this makes my gpa a 3.3 now.) Currently work as a research specialist in a physical med and rehabilitation psychology dept. lots of patient contact, learning lots of interesting things (strokes, TBIs, etc.) Really enjoy this job. Hopefully will have another co-author publication in the next 6 months. Planning on taking MCAT in April and am studying furiously Can you think of anything I need to do that I'm not doing? I would like to shadow a few doctors in some different fields, but it's very difficult seeing as how I work when they do (8-5). Assuming I get >30 on the MCAT, which I definitely think is likely, would it be a good idea to apply this year? I'm not opposed to the DO route, but I don't know any DOs, and my boyfriend is an M2 at the school that I work at, so I'd love to stay here. Also, should I ask for a rec letter from someone who supervised my volunteering? Thanks, any advice/constructive criticism is appreciated.