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November 29, 1965

No Failures From Hadassah

Author Affiliations

Assoc Dean Jerusalem

JAMA. 1965;194(9):1023. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090220079032

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To the Editor:—  Our attention was called to the "Medical Licensure Statistics for 1963" in The Journal (188:877, 1964). We were greatly surprised at the extraordinarily high rate of failures among the graduates of the Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem at the state board examinations (p 921). We are at a loss to reconcile these failures with the consistently excellent results obtained by our graduates at the ECFMG examinations during the past few years.In seeking an explanation of this contradiction, we applied to Donald C. Walker, MD, secretary for the board of medical examiners of the state of New York, because the figures showed 1 candidate passed and 19 failed in New York, the principal area of discrepancy.We were pleased to learn from his reply that these figures were based on a clerical error. Apparently, failures among graduates of the medical school listed immediately after

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