“Start volunteering early. Although it is important to have good grades and good MCAT score, the single most important factor in medical school admission is experience in a hospital setting. Many premedical students realize this when it is too late. The best time to start volunteering is the spring semester of your freshman year or fall semester of your sophomore year. Never hesitate to contact the volunteer departments at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s-Roosevelt and New York Presbyterian to request information about their program. Usually there is a set number of hours you have to work before you can get a letter of recommendation from the program director, so the earlier you start the better!”- Jibril