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September 4, 2002

Variability in Deans' Letters

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2002;288(9):1061. doi:10.1001/jama.288.9.1061

To the Editor: The dean's letter is important to residency programs in assessing an applicant's performance during medical school. In 1989, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) issued guidelines recommending a uniform format for all deans' letters.1 The guidelines suggested the inclusion of a bottom-line statement of comparative performance, such as class rank or descriptive words, along with a key for interpreting such statements. However, controversy persists over the honesty2 and variability3,4 of deans' letters.