Hey, that sounds sorta like me, except I'm applying now. I've got the grades and the scores, but not too much on the clinical side. My year off has just started - I've thought about working in pharmaceutical companies in medicinal chemistry like I have in past summers, but I'm just not into that sort of work, I've realized. I mean, it's cool to play around with stuff for awhile, but not forever. I had another research experience in inorganic chem too.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.
Yes, most did ask about it. I didn't have an excellent answer. I basically told them that I decided at apply to med school about the time I graduated, but once I graduated I needed to work to support myself, which precluded shadowing doctors during normal business hours. My limited shadowing experience was night shifts in ERs on the weekends. I definitely got in on my other merits. And I didn't get in outright -- just off of waitlists.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...