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May 21, 1982

Premedical Students, Admissions Committees, and 'the Physician as an Educated Person'

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Continuing Medical Education, Reid Memorial Hospital, Richmond, Ind. Dr Rhoads is professor emeritus of medicine, Northwestern University School of Medicine, Evanston, III.

JAMA. 1982;247(19):2671-2673. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320440019025

SUCCESS in coping with the problems facing modern medicine depends primarily on (1) choosing candidates for medicine with good minds, moral and intellectual integrity, high goals of service, and sustained enthusiasm; and (2) providing them an education in the fundamentals that will, while keeping alive their ultimate goals of service, stimulate their imaginations and provide them with a capacity for growth.

The Applicant Pool  I have had considerable refreshing and enlightening contact with premedical students in a small liberal arts college, Earlham, at Richmond, Ind, which has an excellent record (85.3%) in having its students accepted into medical schools. During the summer months, several students who have just completed their first preclinical year in medical school come to Reid Memorial Hospital, Richmond, for eight weeks of experience in a community hospital. From talking to these students one gains the impression that most of them have a deep desire to serve