Hi, its my first time posting to this great forum. I need some advice about a few things. I graduated in December 2000 with a 3.2 GPA (Biology) and a 20 on the April 2000 MCAT. I didn't study at all for the MCAT. At the time I was burnt-out on school and unsure what I wanted to do. I did however do a lot of volunteer, charity, genetics research and leadership work in preparation of one day going to med-school. So I took a job as an orthopedic sales rep selling a line of sports medicine, arthroscopy and total-joint replacement products. Needless to say I have become great friends with a good-many orthopods in the area and have fell in love with medicine and surgery. I am often in the OR giving advice about the procedure or the product which is being used. I work with my doctors and also cavort with them socially. This job is very interesting and pays very well but it is not my passion; thus I am not completely happy. I am currently enrolled at Kaplan and already am studying for the April 20th MCAT at night. But, like some of you, I have questions and concerns. I know I have to kick ass on the MCAT. However, I am in the unique position that I do not want my clients (and potential letter of recommendation authors) to know that I may be leaving and entering med school for fear that I (gasp) don't do well on the MCAT and can't get in. I think I will do better this time on the MCAT and hopefully get in somewhere. So my questions are: When do I tell my surgeons about my dream of entering med-school? Should I wait to tell them for fear that I fail and risk looking stupid for not getting in? If I tell them after I receive the scores is that too late to get all of the requirements in? How many of them do I ask? Will it look bad having all orthopods write recommendations? Do you think it will hurt that I am currently in the sales end of medicine and not involved in as much patient care? Should I "re-do" some volunteer work so that I am more current? Sorry for the long story and many questions. There are few people in the world who can relate like hopefully some of you can. Thanks.