Hi everyone, I'd like some help making a decision. This might be a long post, but I'd appreciate it if you could give me some feedback. I am in my mid 20s (ORM) and am planning to apply for med school, but I know it's kind of late. My academic record is average and I'd like to avoid retaking the MCAT at all cost (3.7-3.8 GPA and very low 30s MCAT 2014). If I retook my MCAT, I would probably max out at 35 (my best practice AAMC was 36, but I averaged at 32-33). Although I have strong research extracurricular (posters, presentations, publications etc etc.), I have much weaker clinical volunteering experiences. I started volunteering in a local hospital this April and was told by an adviser that my volunteering hours are too low (less than 100 hours) and shouldn't apply. In the past years, I have volunteered/shadowed physicians in a foreign hospital (short term), since I had known the CEO personally and was interested in management. I felt kind of discouraged by what the adviser had told me, so I put off my application (idiotic decision?). On a positive note, I can afford to apply for many schools or go to Postbac or Master's without any financial burden (debt), a situation that is fairly new to me and am very grateful to. I've considered DO but am leaning towards MD because I'd like to split my time working in a hospital and lab in the future (I just can't see myself doing pure clinical work). I've never shadowed a DO and don't really see myself applying. I've considered PhD, but it is not a path that I'd like to take for many many reasons. Should I apply anyway, or is reapplication to medical school detrimental (I cannot improve my app that much except more clinical volunteering hours and shadowing)? I am getting 4 killer letters out of 5. Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!