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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.— Drs Davidson and Lewis1 concluded from their analysis of "special consideration admissions" that criteria other than GPAs and MCAT scores can be used in predicting medical school success. While the data suggest that these measures may not be as useful as some might otherwise think in distinguishing between candidates likely to succeed vs fail, the authors do not present evidence of other usable specific criteria for judging who is "qualified" for medical school.

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