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February 18, 1998

Affirmative Action and Special Consideration Admissions to Medical School

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1998;279(7):508-510. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-279-7-jbk0218

To the Editor.— One question for Drs Davidson and Lewis1 of this otherwise thorough analysis of criteria that can be used to predict success in medical school: Of the study group (defined by lower GPAs and MCAT scores), 33% of the students did not meet the minimum undergraduate GPA, 44% did not meet the minimum MCAT score, and 23% did not meet either stated minimum. The study group had a lower graduation rate (94%) than the control group (97%). For the 6% of the study group who did not graduate, do their GPAs or MCAT scores suggest an absolute minimum requirement for admission to the medical school?

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