OK, I understand before entering the medical field, you should get some sort of an idea of what it is like. A good few days shadowing and some hospital volunteering should be enough to develop a picture of whether medicine is right for you. If you're truly interested in research, I guess some research experience would be a good. But why do ADCOMs expect us to take have so many of them? Not just the quantity, but the quality. Some want publications and off-shore volunteering or something else amazing. It seems like a juggling contest. Is there some sort of correlation between ECs and success as a physician? Is it OK to label people who will be benefitting greatly from these activities as more altruistic people than the applicants who just did well in school, MCATs, experimented w/ a few ECs, and took some time off between? Can someone, who waited to engage in o-chem research until AFTER he took the course, not be cosidered as a potential great scientist because he only had <1 year of research and nothing to show from it by the time of the application cycle? Until coming on SDN I never knew that they expected so much from us.