I know this question has come up before, but as everyone's situation is different I thought I'd ask for opinions about mine. I'm going to apply to med school next June and am considering whether or not to claim disadvantaged status. I am not sure that doing so would confer any actual benefits to me as a med school applicant, and may therefore require me to talk about personal and family issues that I would rather not discuss unless it will be seriously considered by adcoms. Basically, I am a non-URM from an economically disadvantaged background (no dad, mother with only HS education and sporadic work history) as well as socially disadvantaged (in and out of foster care, lived with various relatives, etc. due to physical abuse in the home throughout my childhood). Obviously, this background affected me, but I have done well in college in spite of it (3.8 gpa, full scholarship at state school, good ec's). I honestly don't know if I should bring any of this up by marking disadvantaged on my application- on the one hand, I know my background is not typical of med school applicants, and it is relevant to who I am today and how hard I have had to work. I am also concerned that it may come up in interviews anyway (I have heard that some schools ask about your family and childhood), in which case I might as well be up front about it on my application. On the other hand, I am under the impression that adcoms don't really give any special consideration to disadvantaged students, so I would rather not delve into these personal matters and risk looking unstable or whiny. What do you guys think about applying disadvantaged? I obviously meet the criteria, but I should have a reasonably strong application without it and I don't want to waste my time writing an extra essay about such personal issues if adcoms don't really care.