This one doesn't apply to me directly but was curious as what other people thought about the issue. I think it's been a trend to take more gap years bc hey, more experience, more research etc. can only help you right? But how do medical school admissions view / compare applicants who are similar in terms of GPA/MCAT, but differ in terms of amount of experience? One view is that MORE experience is better than less, but the flip side is that you've spent so much time getting that experience and maybe you have "less" to show for it. So maybe you have 10k research hours, but that's just because you were doing research for x # more years vs an undergraduate. Maybe this undergraduate has shown a greater amount of dedication/discipline in his/her undergraduate years and that's why they want to apply now. lol idk just thinking out loud.