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April 24, 1981

Who Shall Study Medicine?

Author Affiliations

Georgetown University Medical School Washington, DC

JAMA. 1981;245(16):1631. doi:10.1001/jama.1981.03310410010011

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To the Editor.—  "Who Shall Study Medicine in the 1980s?" could be entitled "Who Shall Study Medicine?" for obvious reasons.It matters not whether one's premedical major is in the arts or sciences if they have worldly intellectual curiosity and have complied with the necessary requirements for medical school. The MCATs and college grades (knowing the grade inflation record of the college) are but a guide. Marks do not make a physician. However, medium-range or lower MCAT scores indicate that a student may have academic difficulty in medical school. Such students should repeat a year in their weak areas and retake their MCATs, then reapply.The interview, preferably by a preclinical and a clinical (preferably part-time) faculty member, conducted in a relaxed private session for each can help determine, among other facts, motivation, people orientation, service dedication, culture, knowledge of what it takes to be a practicing physician, sense of