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October 8, 1982

Admission to Medical School

JAMA. 1982;248(14):1717. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330140027026

DEANS and associate deans for admissions of state-supported schools of medicine are frequently contacted by individuals who indicate, but do not declare outright, that certain applicants to medical school should receive "thorough consideration" (do they mean "special consideration" or "preference?") when these applicants come up for review for admission to medical school. The deans and associate deans often have great sympathy for the arguments given for an applicant to receive "thorough consideration," but they usually cannot, and feel they should not, do anything to influence the admissions process, since the faculty and others involved in the process are (and necessarily should be) precluded from giving special consideration to anyone except under guidelines established by state and federal regulations or under overall university or medical school policy.

I wonder whether those who contact deans or admissions committee personnel would, overall, be any more satisfied if special consideration actually were given to