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March 1, 1995

Ethnicity, Sex, and the NBME Part I Examination

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Martinsville, Va

JAMA. 1995;273(9):702. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03520330032030

To the Editor.  —After reading the Editorial entitled "Examining the Examinations for Licensure and Certification in Medicine" by Dr Norcini,1I was left with the discomforting impression that Norcini is recommending that if candidates fail the examination it may be the examination's fault rather than the preparation of the candidate. I think that he is also suggesting that the candidate's ethnic background should be taken into account when difficulty with an examination is found.Can't a candidate just plain flunk? Then he or she can study harder, take it again next year, and hopefully do better.

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