I have a 3.35 GPA (science 3.5) from a top ten undergrad with expected 30+ MCAT. But in college I was forced to take a leave of absence (i.e., suspension), because I withdrew (W) all my courses for three quarters in a row during a fit of depression and family turmoil. I still graduated with honors. Am I fated for the Caribbean? I don't mind going to the Caribbean if that's my only option this year (I want to be a doctor, period). My major concern though is how do I maintain my long-term relationship with my girlfriend through 4 years of medical school? She obviously will not be coming with me. Has others managed to do this? I understand the clinicals for Ross and SGU are actually in the States, but are there any clinicals in Chicago or the Northeast? And how often would I have to move? I can do two years of exile on an island, but is it realistic to assume I'll only be in the Caribbean for just two years? Finally, I just want to say thank god for the Caribbean. Caribbean schools give capable and generally hardworking students a chance to redeem themselves. Everyone I know well in life that is near middle age has had a moment of crisis and failure, some people unfortunately have them during their college years, but it shouldn't mean they are stigmatized forever for it.