This is my advice to you! !GET A GIG AT A LOCAL HOSPITAL/NURSING HOME (FT/PT/ Per diem)! Most, if not all, of them have electronic applications on their websites, just keep hitting them with applications. Many are looking for allied staff. I myself am training for three different positions (Unit Secretary--Cardiac Monitor Tech--Patient Care Assistant) in that order, the better I do; the faster I will get promoted. Now, the thing is: EXPOSURE EXPOSURE EXPOSURE! I have learned more conditions, symptoms, symbols, codes, and meds in the past month I have been working than I could have imagined. If you can get on the doctors' good side, a rare soul will take you aside and explain the whole chart! A cardiologist on my floor did! <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" /> My situation right now is stressful, but it's exactly what I need, and what you as pre-meds will need. The first two "lecture" years will fly by. It has also given me valuable insight into the ins and out of the hospital, the rush, the fragrance of birth, the stagnant aura of death, and all the mania of smells from blood to vomit in between! It will bring you in to the world of the most on-edge personnel the hospital has: NURSES (LVN/LPN/RN/BSN/nursing students). It will show you (like it or not) how much stress and strain they are REALLY under! There is a reason that they residents/3rd & 4th year students like total crap! They get stomped on all day long! Trust me, I have made a pact with myself to ALWAYS respect the nurses, NO MATTER WHAT! They go through a gauntlet on one patient alone... If you think you could handle a year or two at your local hospital: You will come across everyone from environmental services to head residents and on-call physicians to security. Treat them all the same (with respect for their value to the company, and as people). Believe me, they will talk about you to no end if you don't. It may not seem cool, or high-paying, or even very flexible, and it may not be the kind of job you would ever do: TRY IT FIRST! It will be an experience that you will carry with you when you get start your journey as a student physician, and for the rest of your career (IF YOU ARE SMART). You will never forget being on the low end of the pole, and you will never treat anyone as such when you step foot in that hospital as a third year! BTW: Depending on the unit, nights and evenings are great times to train; less fuss and muss, and the nurses tend to be a little nicer to you... <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> BTW: The uniform for most allied staff is scrubs (unless you are in environmental), and buying them now will make it easier on you later. You won't have to buy them when you get to school <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> BTW: Be nice to security! If you are working late, they are often the only person keeping you from getting mugged in the parking lot! BTW: Unless the hospital has a Subway/Taco Bell/etc, bring your own lunch/eat at the salad bar/get some soup/get a sandwich....You'll be glad you did.