OK. So it occurred to me that there's a way you can greatly increase your chances of getting into med schools (including good ones) with somewhat average numbers (let's say 3.5 GPA, 30 MCAT). Here's how you do it: Instead of spending your time doing time-consuming yet pointless extracirriculars, you do tons of research (shoot for 3+ primary author publications). Then, you apply to all the med schools you'd want to get into through the MD/PhD programs. From what I hear, they're primarily interested in your abilities as a researcher and secondarily in your abilities to make a good physician. For example, one person told me during their MD/PhD interviews, they didn't even ask him why he wanted to be a doctor but proceeded to immediately question him about research. Once you get in, you drop out of the MD/PhD program and join the regular MD program. I wonder if anyone has used this strategy? From what I hear, even if your'e not the best student, if you have great research experience, you can still get into med schools through the MD/PhD programs more easily than if you just apply regular MD. The best part is, they'll pay for your first two years of med school as long as you haven't dropped out of the program.