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December 5, 1977

Medical School Admissions

JAMA. 1977;238(23):2493. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280240039005

To the Editor.—  The article on the medical school admissions dilemma by Frank J. Ramsay, PhD, (237:1093, 1977) recapitulates the problems of the admissions committee in choosing the future physicians of America.As a member of admissions committees for many years, I found it an impossible task, for most of the students were too good to turn down. Most schools use the criterion that those with the best grade point averages have the best chances. Indeed, most systems are designed to review the 4.0 averages first and then move gradually down the scale, with the students having 3.3 averages rarely getting into schools on the East coast. Now it is almost up to 3.5 or 3.6, with Medical College Admissions Test scores up to 600 for some who do not make it. I believe our methods are not good. We rely a great deal on the school's evaluations and the