What do specific schools want to see in a reference letter?

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would anyone know what the focus of a reference should be to a specific school?

i am unsure about american schools and it would be nice if some medical students can share their opinions.

for example, in canada, i know that queens are more focused on your extraculuar activities.

so im just wondering what it would be for say,

ucla, harvard, stanford, jhu....

if you have an idea for one school, please just list that school name and what it wud favour greatly in a reference letter.

say i can probably guess that harvard being top in research would probably be interested in how good a researcher u are...
but what about the rest?