I'm just getting to know more about the 1-year medical student fellowships that exist and it's quite obvious that most of the people that go through these programs come from top-notch med schools. I was curious how important prestige of your med school counts in your application to these programs. I'm attending a school that has a very scant history of sending students to these programs. Granted, I have no clue if it's just because the school doesn't actively encourage them or what not, but I can't help but notice all of the current fellows and alumni are all from top 10 med schools. I suppose my saving grace is that I have a strong research record, but I'm just concerned that numbers and medical school prestige will dictate who gets these fellowships. Perhaps I've worked at an academic hospital for too long that I'm highly cynical about selection processes that go on.