I'm a molecular biology PhD student at a top school, but I will likely be leaving my program at the Masters stage to go to medical school. I've run into a conflict: whether to apply for matriculation after my second year of grad school, or take a year off after my second year of grad school to gain more clinical/volunteer experiences. I think I am an academically strong candidate, but if I apply to med schools for entry immediately following my Masters, I will only have had clinical/volunteer experiences for about 8 months at the time I submit my primary application. Will top schools consider that a sufficient amout of time and experience? Will they want to see me take a year off? I'd like to stay within my university and enter the medical school here, but it's one of those schools where people really have to do extraordinary things with their lives to even be considered. Timelines are very different for non-trads, I'm sure. I just wonder what really has worked in the past.