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February 18, 1998

Affirmative Action and Special Consideration Admissions to Medical School

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor


Copyright 1998 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1998

JAMA. 1998;279(7):508-510. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-279-7-jbk0218

To the Editor.— Despite the title, the study by Drs Davidson and Lewis1 has nothing to do with affirmative action in one respect and everything to do with affirmative action in another. First, it has nothing to do with it because, as the authors discussed, one is unable to separate the students admitted because of race from those admitted under other special considerations. Second, the study confirms that the admissions process is an art, not a science.

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