I know for undergrad having a parent as a faculty member helps for admissions. Im curious to know whether it would be a benefit for the student during application season if his or her parent worked as a research scientist in the med school?
my mom works in one of the schools that i got into and i'm convinced that it helped me get in (my brother is also a resident there). the dean knows her, and so do all the student affairs people. My interviews did go really well, but it didn't hurt that i stood out a little. it should also be said that this is in TX, where they really want you to stay after you graduate, so having my family right there at the school was a big plus.
I have a parent who's been a full professor (PhD, not MD) in the med school of a famous institution for decades, my stats and CV in general are at or above this school's averages, and I didn't get in. My interviews went well. So I'm going to say that maybe it sometimes helps or hurts, but it certainly doesn't always help.