I found this on the Canadian forum and thought I would share.... I hope the poor soul gets in somewhere this year!!!! (bolding is mine) Yes, my dear Americans, in Canada a 3.59 GPA is "mediocre" and a 30 MCAT does not make the cutoff for an interview for many schools. So stop asking us if Canada is like the Caribbean. "This is my sixth time applying - yes sixth!! However, this is the first year I've actually applied with good MCAT score and to more than one school. I see now that six years ago, I wasn't committed enough to medicine. For some reason, I convinced myself that I would get into Mac and I didn't need to put myself through what I thought would be a torturous MCAT experience. Despite my mediocre cGPA of 3.59, this wasn't too much of a stretch as Mac didn't put nearly as much emphasis on GPA back then. My first two application cycles went by - no interview. Finally, on my third Mac application, I got lucky - or so I thought. Then I realized that they were introducing this new MMI. I'll admit, that freaked me out a bit. It was also the year that the average GPA sky-rocketed. Needless to say, I did not get in. My fourth Mac application brought with it another interview invite, however my performance was still not good enough to make up for my less than stellar GPA (not to mention the fact that my grandmother passed away just days before my interview). At this point, I was at a crossroads - do I keep trying or give up? After a lot of soul-searching and consideration of alternative careers, I realized that I was selling myself short. Becoming a physician was my dream and the only thing standing in the way of achieving it was ME! At that point, I committed myself to put everything I had into it. I only had one full-time undergraduate year (3.88 GPA) so I went back to complete one more full-time year (3.96 GPA). I also studied my butt off and wrote the MCAT. Unfortunately, I came down with the flu just two days before the MCAT. I wrote it anyway, but was convinced I had failed miserably. I applied to Western on the off-chance that I did well, and lo and behold, I actually got 30S (9PS, 11BS, 10VR). Considering Western's previous cut-offs, I was banking on getting an interview. Then January rolled around and the cutoffs went up. It turned out I needed at least a 10 in every section. Sigh...so I dusted myself off and kept going. I dug out my MCAT books, cracked them open and got studying. I wrote the MCAT again last April, and scored 36S (13PS, 13BS, 10VR). So, after all is said and done, this was really the first year that I've truly put all of my effort into my applications. I have three interviews, two of which I've already done. The moral of the story? I know it's been said a million times, but if medicine is what you want, don't let anything stand in your way. Oh...and don't wait 4 until Mac rejects you 4 times to write the MCAT! Best of luck to everyone. I hope all of our stories have happy endings come May 15!"