Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
In Reply: I am indebted to all these correspondents,
some for amplifying points I tried to make in my article and some for allowing
me to respond to arguments frequently raised by opponents of race-conscious
decision making in undergraduate and professional school admissions.
In the former category, Dr Strugar emphasizes the limited role of GPAs
and MCAT scores in predicting success as a physician and notes that many other
factors must be taken into account to meet societal expectations. Dr Beltran
underscores the obligation of medical schools to address the future health
care needs of an increasingly diverse society, noting that social justice
is an acknowledged principle of medical professionalism. Dr Ryan analyzes
several putatively "compelling" arguments for upholding the right to use "narrowly
tailored" affirmative actions in medical school admissions. He concludes that
access to culturally competent physicians should be sufficient to convince
the Supreme Court to allow Bakke1 to stand.
Cohen JJ. Affirmative Action in Medical School Admissions. JAMA. 2003;289(23):3084. doi:10.1001/jama.289.23.3084-a