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March 20, 2013

Medical School Admission Interview and Licensing Examination Scores

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Jody W. Zylke, MD, Senior Editor.

Author Affiliation: Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio (dlubelski@gmail.com).

JAMA. 2013;309(11):1108-1109. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.1666

To the Editor: The study by Dr Eva and colleagues1 highlighted an important issue in evaluating applicants for admission to medical school, but I believe it was inherently flawed. The authors reported that achievement on the multiple mini-interview (MMI) enabled successful selection of applicants as measured by scores on the national licensing examination. Obtaining high scores on national licensing examinations, however, is an inappropriate outcome metric to demonstrate the success of admissions committees in selecting superior candidates. Successful selection is identifying those applicants who will care for patients, enrich the learning experience of their colleagues, and contribute to the advancement of science and medicine.