If you were a consistent 3.6 student (which is average matriculant) then and have been out of a full time classroom setting for 3-4 years, whether or not in an academic setting, can be a concern if you havent lost enough of skillset to be more like a 3.4-3.5 kind of student and maybe not ready for the rigors of medical school
As a reapplicant, strongly suggest having DO schools on your list.*Please don't quote this message*
I am a CA ORM who will be reapplying this cycle after no interviews last cycle (applied late) - ~3.60 cgpa, ~3.57 bcpm gpa, 515 mcat (1 attempt) - lots and lots of research & clinical experience, decent shadowing and non-clinical volunteering (got feedback from 2 schools so far and ECs don't seem to be the issue although of course I am continuing to improve upon them, specifically volunteering with underserved populations which I don't have a lot of).
The 3 schools that have given me feedback so far were both OOS state schools and basically said my metrics weren't high enough as an OOS student. One suggested graduate or post-bacc coursework to raise my GPAs to their accepted OOS averages and one of them said that it is concerning that I am 3-4 years out of undergrad without graduate or post-bacc coursework and it is bad to have a gap that long in academic coursework as it raises concerns about how I would re-adjust to rigorous academic courseload in med school.
I have never heard of the gap in post-undergrad coursework being a concern for applicants who are quite a few years out of undergrad and multiple pre-med advisors said that my GPAs were ok/average for MD schools and did not think a post-bacc was necessary.
Do I really not stand a chance for MD schools with my metrics and is it a disadvantage/red flag to not have graduate or post-bacc coursework if you are quite a few years out of undergrad? @gonnif @Faha @Goro @Mr.Smile12 and anyone else? Any applicants who have been successful applying without post-undergrad coursework and out of school for a few years willing to provide input?