i am reading dale carnegie's book on influencing people and gaining friends, so i am kind of in that mind set right now . . . anyhow, not to be to cliche, but what do you guys think the med school admission staffs really looks for in an applicant? i figure it comes down to choosing applicants that will best represent their institution, but in what way? what benefit do they get by picking the applicants that they eventually do pick? (something like NIH funding, ego boost for passing students that get top residencies?) in other words, when your file is sitting in front of an adcom, what is their motivation to pick you as opposed to another applicant?