Hey everyone! I have a couple of questions about med school/ getting in, etc., and would appreciate any advice you all may have. First, a teeny bit about me: I am an alternative student with a grad degree in English from the U of Chicago, and am currently in a post-bac program at Northwestern and work as a research tech in an Immunology lab at Northwestern Med school. Anyway, I'm writing these few questions to you all because I feel that it is difficult to find a cohesive community in a post-bac program in which everyone has jobs/families/etc. So, 1) I'm aware that most med schools like prospectives to take the mcat in April, but I just won't be able to swing it because I'll still be in my classes (orgo and bio), and will have to take a prep-course in the summer. Will taking the August mcat hurt my chances in getting in to schools? 2) Does anyone have any suggestions about how I can approach a physician in order to shadow him/her? Along the same general lines, do you guys think it's better to volunteer at a free clinic rather than in a big teaching hospital? 3) Does anyone have any stories/advice about the University of Vermont? (It's my first choice). I apologize about the rambling. Your responses are appreciated. Thanks!