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April 24, 1981

Who Shall Study Medicine?

JAMA. 1981;245(16):1630. doi:10.1001/jama.1981.03310410010008

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To the Editor.—  I do not think Dr Blum's article adds anything to improving the selections process to medical school. The compleat medical student is a rara avis in today's world, and our national pluralistic mix does not lend itself readily to single-channel solutions. Otherwise one might ask, why not require a bachelor's degree in engineering? After all, the physician of the 1990s, maybe even of 1985, will be walled in by computers and all sorts of electronic gadgetry.Dr Blum is too certain of his preference for the student with a B—in organic chemistry who has directed a "neighborhood clean-up project" over the "know-it-all who would have received his A anyway, but who spent all of his time competing for it." Maybe the latter played lacrosse for his college or fraternity, was the local chess champion, or taught stock-market theory at night to middle-class adults. Dr Blum's brand