Quick background of me. I am a 30 year old male and have been a professional chef since I was 18. I went for my first undergrad at 26, and did school full time and work full time in restaurants for the first 2 years, 25-30 hours my junior year, and 2 part time jobs equaling 40 hours last semester. I have a 3.94 GPA and my last practice MCAT was 512 (my test day is 4-6).
I think I am a very competitive candidate except my one problem, I have a limited variety of experiences, in particular no research or volunteering. It is not for lack of want but a lack of time. I decided to go pre med the end of my sophomore year (so less than 2 years ago) so I haven’t been building experiences over a long period of time, and I have needed to consistently work throughout schooling. In my junior year I started worked as a medical scribe for clinical experience, 25-30 hours a week, about 1500 hours total, working with 15 different doctors. Personally this has been sufficient exposure to medicine so that I know this is the right decision for me, and I have strong LOR due to this, but I know that most other candidates will have a much wider range of experiences.
My question is should I postpone applying this cycle? I am prepared to explain why I don’t have experiences, and I plan to do things during my gap year, but I’m worried that it may cause my application to be overlooked. if I don’t get an interview I can’t explain myself.
Anyone have any insight on this?