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December 29, 1975

Career Decisions-Reply

Author Affiliations

The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions Baltimore

JAMA. 1975;234(13):1318-1319. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03260260022005

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In Reply.—  Dr Pollner states that he strongly disagrees with our views but does not specify which views. Furthermore, his comments are not addressed to the substance of the article. The only inference we can derive from his comments is that he is disappointed that we didn't do a different study by examining only individuals accepted to medical schools. While we agree that this type of study and others addressing the selection criteria of medical school admissions committees are important, we chose to study unaccepted applicants. Interestingly, the findings from the study, namely, that 27% of the respondents are in medical school—22% in the United States, and those findings related to advice seeking and kinds of advice given are important in evaluating the selection process.We do not agree with Dr Pollner's statement that "Studying career decisions of unaccepted applicants to medical schools and finding ways of attracting such rejected