In job hunts, people often suggest to network to find the "hidden (not advertised) jobs". Even for advertised jobs, bosses often hire through the coworkers' network, and don't like to go through all the resumes that come through HR. The reason being that the referred person is known/screened by referring employees. Often, the employee will direct the job-hunter's resume (a contact who they know) directly to the hiring manager. I wonder if the same applies to medical school admissions. While it's true that people submit recommendation letters, admissions people may not read them (just like hiring managers won't read all the piles of resumes that come in). I wonder if it helps to have contacts (e.g. faculty member within School X) within the organization bring your file to the attention of the decision-maker (in this case the committee of School X), or call them. Any thoughts or experiences with this?