Originally posted by Diogenes
Never fear Glucose; it is possible to get into med school with little or no volunteering/shadowing/research in a clinical/health setting.
I applied with no volunteering, less than 10 hours of shadowing, and two different research experiences that were not health related. Plus one year (well, now it's one year -- at the time of applying it was less) of working at a pharmaceutical company in an analytical chemist kind of role. When I applied I made it clear I was interested in practicing medicine, not doing research.
With this background and solid grades and MCAT, I got into UCSD and Georgetown. Not top 10's, I know, but UCSD is top 20.
Originally posted by mystic_b
Did they ever ask in interviews about clinical experience/why you didn't have that much? Also, did they ask about the ten hours of shadowing? I'm going to have something like that too...