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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.— One question for Drs Davidson and Lewis1 of this otherwise thorough analysis of criteria that can be used to predict success in medical school: Of the study group (defined by lower GPAs and MCAT scores), 33% of the students did not meet the minimum undergraduate GPA, 44% did not meet the minimum MCAT score, and 23% did not meet either stated minimum. The study group had a lower graduation rate (94%) than the control group (97%). For the 6% of the study group who did not graduate, do their GPAs or MCAT scores suggest an absolute minimum requirement for admission to the medical school?

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