Although grades/MCAT are very important, we all have heard of people who have been accepted to MD schools with lower-than-average stats. So, my question is this: what did these people do to get accepted? Stellar letters, unusual personal situation, and amazing EC's most likely, but I would like to hear about some specific examples. What EXACTLY would cause the ADCOM to choose the person with a below-average academic record over the plenty of others with an above-average one? (I hope this conversation will provide some insight into what makes applicants stand out, and inspire people who may be discouraged due a blemish or two in their numbers.) Note: average GPA applicant/matriculant (2008): 3.50/3.66 average MCAT applicant/matriculant (2008): 9,9,10,P/10,10,11,P ...so basically, I want to hear about that guy you know who got in with like a 3.3 and a 27.