Hi everybody, I'm a very confused Canadian applicant about to enter the final year of undergrad. This is my first application cycle to medical school. This is also my first time posting so I'm sorry if the post gets a bit long. Thank you in advance for any advice you can offer! BACKGROUND INFO: Degree: B. Sc. Honours in Integrated Sciences - focusing on neurology and human microbiology AMCAS GPA: 3.4 overall 3.21 BCPM 3.68 AO OMSAS GPA: 3.37 MCAT: 517 (96%) C/P: 128 (87%) CARS: 128 (87%) B/B: 131 (99%) P/S: 130 (97%) Clinical: Volunteering at a local clinic for infants and toddlers - I just started this recently and have been involved for about 30 hours Physician shadowing: N/A (can't do this in Canada) Research: Education lab (did a presentation with them and currently writing a paper, involved for 2.5 years) Infant studies center (6hr/week for the past 18 months) Spinal cord injury lab (I did a research course here and volunteered this summer) Nonclinical: Canadian Cancer Society fundraiser (been on the committee for two years now and have spent at least 250 hours total working on it) Sustainability coordinator for my club (150 hours) House president of my student residence (300 hours easily) Employment: Undergraduate research assistant (at the education research lab, for 2 months only as funding got cut but I stayed on as a volunteer) Paid internship ($500) In Canada, I'm only applying to UBC (my school), Queens, and McMaster as the rest of the country is crazy about GPAs. I'm applying to Rosalind Franklin, Pritzker, and George Washington in the US. I've already submitted my AMCAS and secondaries to these schools. I now regret applying to so few schools in the US but at the time I was submitting my AMCAS, I hadn't written my MCAT yet and only knew that my GPA was a 3.4 so I didn't feel very confident about my chances anywhere. For this year, in terms of ECs, I'm doing my honours thesis which involves me conducting research. I'm also planning on continuing volunteering with the infant clinic, education lab, and Canadian Cancer Society. I'm returning as Sustainability Coordinator as well. In term of grades, realistically, I'm going to get a 80-90% average (maybe raise my GPA to a 3.45?). QUESTIONS: I know that my GPA is below average but do my MCAT score and my ECs make up for it? Would this give me a good chance at Canadian and American medical schools this cycle and possibly in the future? I was also considering applying this cycle to medical school in Ireland (for the 4 year graduate programs) and INTO St. George's 4 year International Medicine course. I'm not considering Australia because I don't have the option of applying for residency there after graduation. I am now confused about this because I ended up doing so well on my MCAT (but I still have a below average GPA). Thoughts based on my current stats and outline of what I plan to do and achieve during my fourth year? My current train of thought is to go ahead and apply to Ireland and St. George's and see what happens but the uncertainty of it all is confusing and frustrating me. I know that FMGs have a tough time coming back (and I want to get in neurology/neurosurgery) but I also don't know if I'll ever get in here or how long it would take. I would really appreciate any advice!