I am planning on applying to medical school so I can start my medical journey Fall of 2023, yet I have very little research and no face-to-face shadowing/clinical experience yet. I am currently virtually shadowing doctors due to the pandemic, yet I know that online does not accurately reflect face-to-face experiences with patients in a real clinical setting, nor does it replace shadowing a doctor in real life.
With that being said, would my chances of being accepted decrease dramatically if I only get a few months of real clinical experience (considering the pandemic does not go away any time soon) ? My GPA is really high and I plan on taking the MCAT spring of 2022, but I am worried about how medical schools may perceive lack of experience because of COVID.
Thanks in advance.