This is part "what do I do now?" and part "where did I go wrong?" I've been trolling the SDN forums for a while (God, I wish I had found this place a year ago!) and would really appreciate any input people have on my situation. The following are my stats: 3.4 GPA (I think I made some bad calls with course selection such as taking multi-var math and CS and a few other miscellaneous courses I didn't need and didn't get A's in.) 3.3 BCMP 31S MCAT (10v, 10b, 11p) LoR ranging from great to so-so About a year of sociology/history-related research with a professor at the University Some shadowing/volunteering experience with a doctor who wrote what was probably my best LoR I figured I was a pretty decent applicant. If it is of much relevance, I live in CA and went to UC Berkeley. Due to what was to some extent limited counseling and for the most part my own fault, I applied horribly late. My primaries went in during the first week of October and my secondaries went in around mid- to late-Nov. From what I have learned since then, I basically did the med school equivalent of shooting myself in the foot before the marathon. In summary, I applied to 22 schools, got 16 secondaries and zero interviews. Initially, I had thought about taking 1-2 years off but given that I had no idea where to start, my parents, with all their good intentions suggested that I consider the Caribbean route, after pointing to a few of their cousins who went through SGU or AUC (American Univ of the Caribbean) and are now successful MD's. I was quite excited about this, got into AUC recently and have an interview for SGU in about 3 days. I have no aversion to the Caribbean in and of itself except for the fact that it supposedly carries a stigma later on with respect to residencies. So in a recent discussion, my parents and I thought about putting US Schools back on the table and after our phone call I went and looked up some SMP programs and it appears that I am already too late for most of them. Regardless, since it is just an application, I thought I would try and apply to a couple. Which brings me to my question, which I think another poster expressed quite well: Do I just suck or did I apply late? I feel like, on the whole, especially looking at some of the profiles on MDapplicants, that I am a fairly average applicant. Applying late certainly didn't help my case, but would applying early improve my "chances?" Would doing a 1-2 year post-bacc/SMP program be worth it for someone in my shoes? I feel fortunate to have been accepted to a good Caribbean school but at the end of the day, it is a Caribbean school. Is it worth the hassle later to save 1-2 years avoiding this "gap phase" by just going to a Carib school now? I realize this is ultimately a question I have to answer for myself, but was wondering what thoughts others had on the issue. Thanks!