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February 27, 1978

Admissions Integrity Preserved

JAMA. 1978;239(9):859. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03280360055022

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The recent threat to the integrity of the medical school admissions process posed by the US Congress has eased, temporarily at least, with the passage of a bill that all but rescinds an earlier legislative edict that attempted to force acceptance of transfer students from foreign medical schools. The original law, passed last year, had been contested vigorously by the medical schools, 14 of which were willing to forfeit substantial federal assistance rather than accept such transfer students. Other schools in more precarious financial straits were faced with the decision of compromising their integrity or being overwhelmed by their creditors.

In passing the original law, Congress was responding to numerous pressures, the most prominent coming from the parents and friends of American students studying in foreign medical schools with the hope of returning home to conclude their studies and enter practice. The proposal also seemed like an easy way to