Gaining entry to the School of Medicine remains among the academic world’s most competitive selection processes. With more than 3,000 applicants for the approximately 100 slots in each first-year class at Yale, being smart and well-prepared are givens. It takes more than that to get in. “We’re looking for people who have shown that they are truly concerned about other people and have done something in their lives that really illustrates that spirit,” says Deputy Dean for Education Robert H. Gifford, M.D., HS ’67. The 102 members of the Class of 2002 arrived in New Haven at summer’s end with just that experience.