Recently, I met a student who made me curious about the interview process. I am an MD/PhD student and was doing a lab rotation over the summer (before MS1). A medical student from another school was doing summer research in the same lab. He very visibly had mild autism (noted by a few of the postdocs/residents/fellows in the lab, not just myself). Some of the symptoms included rocking back and forth, lack of any eye contact, unusual posture, a speech impediment, trouble conversing, etc. He was very intelligent, though, and currently goes to a top 25 med school. (Multiple publications, including first author IF 5- 10 and a second author Nature as a traditional student before applying). I wasn't about to ask him his GPA/MCAT, but I presume they were quite high. I'm sure he would have gotten into a top 10 med school, if he could interview reasonably well. I'm happy for him, but I'm surprised he was able to get accepted at all. Maybe he prepped incredibly hard for the interview and came off okay, but based on my limited interaction with him, the mannerisms/speech impediment alone may have hurt him. Have any of the adcoms ever interviewed someone like this? At some (pretty high) critical point of intelligence, does the interview become irrelevant at some schools, or was someone in the admissions office willing to take a stand for him?